India pacer T Natarajan was seen sweating it out in nets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground ahead of the third Test vs Australia, scheduled to start from January 7.
T Natarajan made his international debut in limited-overs series vs Australia. (AP Photo)
- T Natarajan is gearing up of the upcoming 3rd Test against Australia
- Natarajan could be seen taking a spectacular running catch in practice
- T Natarajan’s fairytale continued as he was added to India’s Test squad
India left-arm pacer T Natarajan, who replaced Umesh Yadav in the Test squad, was seen grinding it out in the nets on Sunday as he sharpened his catching skills under the watchful eyes of fielding coach R Sridhar.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted a video on its official Twitter handle in which Natarajan could be seen grabbing a spectacular running catch ahead of the 3rd Test vs Australia.
“@Natarajan_91 has been grabbing his chances very well on this tour,” BCCI captioned the video post.
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 3, 2021
Natarajan, known as a limited-overs specialist, was earlier added as Navdeep Saini’s cover in the ODIs and injured spinner Varun Chakravarthy’s replacement in the T20Is and now Umesh’s injury has turned into a blessing in disguise for the left-arm pacer.
Natarajan, who came to the notice of the national selectors after his impressive debut in IPL 2020, can now make his debut in all the 3 formats on the same tour if he plays the third Test in Sydney from January 7. The third Test will mark the return of Rohit Sharma, who missed the first two matches due to a hamstring injury that he had suffered during IPL 2020 in the UAE.
Border Gavaskar series between Australia and India is evenly poised after Ajinkya Rahane’s men registered an eight-wicket win over the hosts in the Boxing Day Test at MCG. Both India and Australia head to Sydney with the series tied at one Test apiece.
The third Test in the four-match series is slated to start at Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday after Cricket Australia decided not to move the match in the wake of an outbreak of Covid-19 cases in the city’s northern beaches.