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India vs Australia: Twitter In Awe of 'Inspiring' T Natarajan Who Makes Test Debut at Brisbane

By: Cricketnext Staff

Last Updated: January 15, 2021, 07:55 IST

Thangarasu Natarajan on Friday was handed his Test cap making him Test player No.300 for India, thus becoming the first Indian player to make his ODI, T20, and Test debuts in the same tour.

Thangarasu Natarajan on Friday was handed his Test cap making him Test player No.300 for India, thus becoming the first Indian player to make his ODI, T20, and Test debuts in the same tour.

From playing tennis ball cricket in Chinnapampatti - a village near Salem in Tamil Nadu - while battling poverty to becoming the 300th Test cricketer for India

From playing tennis ball cricket in Chinnapampatti - a village near Salem in Tamil Nadu - while battling poverty to becoming the 300th Test cricketer for India. T Natarajan’s dream journey in cricket took another huge step forward as he was handed the India Test cap in the fourth game against Australia in Brisbane on Friday.

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With India’s first choice pacers - Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav - all out due to injuries, Natarajan got his chance at the Gabba along with Washington Sundar, who replaced the injured R Ashwin.

Natarajan, 29, has made it to the Indian team this tour on the bank of a terrific Indian Premier League for Sunrisers Hyderabad where he earned the name ‘yorker Natarajan’. He played three T20Is and one ODI in this tour and was impressive overall. Natarajan stayed back with the side as a net bowler, and given the circumstances with injuries, makes his Test debut.

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Son of a daily wage labourer and a mother who runs a chicken shop in the village, Natarajan had to struggle to make a career out of the game.

Incredibly, Natarajan had not played with a cricket ball until the age of 19. Recognising his talent, his mentor JP Nattu took him under his wings and took him from his village to Chennai, giving him an opportunity in the Chennai league.

Soon, however, Natarajan was battling issues with his bowling action and was out of action for some time. Once he returned, though, he began showing what he could do - years of tennis ball experience coming to the fore in bowling death overs in the T20 format.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to ‘Nattu"s inspiring rise.

Natajan’s first spell read 6-1-8-0 as Australia posted 65 for 2 by lunch on Day 1.

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