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How IPL 2021 Suspension Turned Into a Blessing in Disguise For T Natarajan

T Natarajan (AFP Photo)

T Natarajan (AFP Photo)

T Natarajan withdrew from IPL 2021 after playing a couple of games to undergo a knee surgery.

T Natarajan had a memorable initiation into international cricket during India’s 2020-21 tour of Australia when he made his debut across formats. He gave a decent account of himself and seems to have ended the team’s hunt for a reliable left-arm pacer.

However, apart from memories and rich experience, Natarajan also reportedly ended up picking a knee injury from the tour which he carried into IPL 2021 where after playing just two matches for his franchise (Sunrisers Hyderabad), the pacer opted out of the season to undergo surgery in April this year.

Currently, he’s undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy and is targeting a return at IPL 2021 when it resumes in UAE after being suspended in the first week of May due to coronavirus outbreak inside the various franchisee bubbles.

“I am progressing well after the surgery. I have started training slowly. I will start bowling at full tilt in the nets by the end of this month. My focus right now is on recovering fully and returning by the time the IPL restarts,” Natarajan told The New Indian Express.

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“The fact that the IPL got suspended when it did has turned out to be a good thing in the end. None of it was in my hands of course,” he added.

While IPL is the immediate focus, getting picked for the T20 World Cup, also to be played in UAE, remains the bigger goal for the 30-year-old even though he’s not too much worried about it.

“I am not thinking about the T20 World Cup right now," said Natarajan. “I am thinking more about my recovery. If I do well in the IPL, the chance to be selected for the T20 World Cup will come on its own. That is my belief. But for that, my recovery needs to be spot on."

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