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SRH vs CSK: T Natarajan Will Be In Contention For Team India T20 World Cup Squad- Sunil Gavaskar

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Former India opener Sunil Gavaskar has opined that T Natarajan, the left-handed bowler from Tamil Nadu, who plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the ongoing IPL 2022, will be in contention for Indian team selection thanks to his good performance in the T20 league.

Natarajan had a dream start to his India career as he made his debut in all three international formats on the 2020-21 tour of Australia. He had impressed one and all in the IPL 2020 and earned a spot in the Indian team. His ability to combine accuracy with variations and being a left-handed pacer worked in his favor and things were looking rosy for him.

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However, injuries took a toll on him as he had to miss the second half of the IPL 2021 due to knee issues, for which he underwent surgery as well. After months of rehabilitation, Natarajan made his comeback in the domestic cricket and was then bought back by SRH in the IPL 2022 mega auction.

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Right Now He’s Full Of Confidence: Sunil Gavaskar On T Natarajan’s Performance In IPL 2022

Natarajan has been troubling the batters with toe-crushing yorkers and tidy bowling in the death overs of IPL 2022, picking 15 wickets in eight matches at an average of 17.40 and economy rate of 8.41.

This has led to legendary batter Sunil Gavaskar saying that the lefty is in contention for making a comeback into the squad in the run-up to Men’s T20 World Cup later in the year in Australia.

“It’s good to see him do well because for some time it seemed as if India had lost him. It’s good to have him back in contention because he bowls very well, particularly in between 16th and 20th over. He’ll be very much in contention (for Team India) for his ability to bowl well in the death overs,” said Gavaskar on Cricket Live show on Star Sports.

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“I think it’s a matter of confidence. Last year, perhaps, he wasn’t on top of his game because of the injury situation. Right now he’s full of confidence, he’s had a bit of a break, and he’s fresh and raring to go. He recognises that there is a T20 World Cup in four months and he wants to be on that flight to Australia,” he added.

Gavaskar also pointed out that Natarajan has come back as an improved bowler, adding the ability to move the ball late to deceive the batters, to his already well-known skill of yorkers.

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