Shardul Thakur, the Indian all-rounder had a memorable outing to Manuka Oval donning the Indian team jersey. He played a crucial role in making his side win the 3rd ODI against the hosts by a margin of 13 runs. Later on, he praised debutant T Natarajan for giving such a great performance. And he opined that Team India needs players like him going ahead in the future.
T Natarajan, the young Indian pace made his international debut against Australia in the 3rd ODI. He got a quick taste of international cricket after Aussie skipper Aaron Finch smashed him for six on his third delivery of the ODI cricket. In the 2nd over, Finch stepped down the ground and scored another boundary against the left-arm pacer. However, the debutant made a strong comeback and castled Marnus Labuschagne. He finished with brilliant bowling figures of 10-1-70-2.
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Shardul Thakur Praised T Natarajan For Giving Applaudable Performance In 3rd ODI
Natarajan had a game full of roller-coaster rides. In the 44th over, he was hammered for 18 runs by Glenn Maxwell and Ashton Agar. But, he was once again back with his accuracy and gave only 4 runs in the crucial 46th over of the game followed by his 2nd wicket of the game in the 48th over of Ashton Agar.
Post-match, Shardul Thakur said that T Natarajan performed brilliantly in his 1st international match. He added that the pacer always bounced back with a commendable effort whenever Aussie batsmen tried to dominate him. The Indian all-rounder feels that Team India needs players like him capable of making a comeback.
“T Natarajan is good. He has done well in the IPL and if you see he executed a lot of yorkers there. He came back pretty well in this game that shows he has got a big character. We need players like him who can come back (after getting hit for runs),” said Shardul Thakur.
“In the white-ball form of cricket, you are going to get hit as a bowler. But what’s important is to come back and bowl again, develop the confidence and take it on from then and there,” he added.
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