Australia vs India: Not many of Natarajan’s slow balls and Yorkers will be helpful in Test says Natarajan’s coach.
Australia vs India: The left-arm seamer from Tamil Nadu has nothing short of his dream time in a recent couple of weeks. Drafted-in as a net bowler for the Indian in Australia series and eventually got his ODI and T20I cap in the series after some players suffered injuries. Natarajan is now in the race of getting his test cap along with Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini.
Natarajan’s coach feels that the seamer will need some time to shape into a complete test bowler. The test match is a different ball game, no one can come and start playing test cricket.
“See as a coach of a player who is representing on the international level, I am very happy for him and want him to keep playing for India in all three formats and I wish him luck and success. But getting successful immediately in test cricket is not easy. Natarajan has to learn a lot of things and he is a quick learner. We have to see if he is ready for the longest format of the game. It will be seen how he grabs the opportunity if it comes to him,” Tamil Nadu head coach Diwakar Vasu told.
Vasu who is associated with the left arm seamer feels that Natarajan needs to works on his swinging skills both ways because the speed in which he bowls cannot scare the opposition batsmen without movement. Not many of Natarajan’s slow balls and Yorkers can trouble the Aussie batsmen.
Natarajan needs to work on swing says his Tamil Nadu coach:
“Natarajan needs to focus more on swinging deliveries. He needs to pitch the bowl in the right areas more consistently.. Red/Pink ball cricket is not easy at all for everyone. All these slower balls or yorkers will be helpful for him as far as the longest format of the game is concerned. As his coach, I don’t feel at this pace of 130 kmph his short deliveries are going to be wicket-taking options. I think if he gets the opportunity to play, he must bowl up and try to work on his swinging options. That would be much more effective for him,” the Tamil Nadu head coach added.
Tamil Nadu head coach said that the services of Natarajan can be used as the third pacer to support leads Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Siraj in the remainder of the test matches.
“The bowler who is going to do his test debut cannot be used as the main strike bowler for the team. He can be used more as a bowler who comes in and bowl and gets few breakthroughs.”
“There are other strike bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Siraj whom Natarajan could support in regular times throughout the test match,” he added.