Indian Premier League 2020: T Natarajan joins Bhuvneshwar Kumar in Sunrisers Hyderabad’s death bowling, VVS Laxman
Sunrisers Hyderabad fast bowler T Natarajan has impressed with his ability to bowl the yorker, beating everyone one by one in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League. And the biggest compliment is that SRH mentor VVS Laxman has said that Pacer is the death bowling strength of the team. Laxman said, “I think it’s great to see the way Natarajan bowled. He did well in KXPL after three seasons.”
He said, “He has been with us for the last few seasons. His style of work is superb (and) he has also taken wickets in the Ranji Trophy.
“During the lockdown, he tried to be in the best rhythm possible. Convincing yorkers to execute, it’s fantastic.
He said, “With Bhuvi, we have Natarajan as well as now who can work on death.”
In fact, Pacer is not the only one who has impressed. There are many people like Rahul Tewatia and Devadatta Padikkal who have already shown a lot of potential.
For Laxman, this is no surprise as he believes that the IPL is just a platform for youngsters to showcase their talent.
“There are a lot of Indian players who have done well so far in this edition. The IPL is a proper platform for uncapped players to blossom and become experienced,” Laxman said.
He said, “This time, I am sure that each player had the opportunity to spend three weeks in the preparation phase. It is a good sign, I am excited to see the young Indian players in the Sunrisers camp as well.”
Commenting on his team’s first win this season (against the Delhi Capitals), Laxman said: “I think it was a very important win as Delhi had done well in their first two matches.
“Your first win is very important, unfortunately, we have not done well in the first two matches, but the first win is always special and I am sure it will increase the confidence of the team.”
The team’s selection plays an important role in the tournament and SRH saw immediate success with the start of Kane Williamson’s XI. Laxman further emphasized the need to get the best out in the middle.
“We have three foreign batsmen in our top four, but we need to play our best players. In XI, youngsters might play the role of finishers,” said Laxman.
“On the second night, Abhishek Sharma did not face many balls. We have top Indian bowlers like Bhuvi, Khalil.
“We have Sandeep Sharma and Nadeem. Our Indian bowling is fantastic,” he said.
“We got a chance to use Kane at the moment, but depending on the opposition, we have the luxury of playing different combinations.
“We also have Jason Holder now, so I think we have the luxury of playing different combinations,” he said.
Asked if the coronovirus epidemic has caused a sense of fear and if the team has missed the presence of outspoken fans, Laxman said: “There is no fear related to COVID in the players.
“We are taking care of all protocols, we are not allowed to meet anyone out of the bubble, (and) everyone is focused on playing the tournament.
“We are following all the guidelines that we are going to follow.
“There are empty stands but the noise of the crowd makes one feel that the stadium is jammed. The organizers need to congratulate them for this.
Laxman said, “If the Sunrisers have a boundary, then it feels like the batsman who has made the boundary is chanting. So it gives a feeling of packed stadium.”
Going into the next game against Chennai Super Kings, Laxman said that the boys needed to be assured and they should focus on their strengths.
Laxman said, “CSK is a formidable side. We know there is quality on their side, but every team in the IPL is formidable, it’s about sticking to your strengths and executing your skills on the day.” Laxman said.
“We want to build on our win, which we achieved against Delhi. We are close to finding our best possible combination. We expect a win against the Delhi Capitals.
He said, ‘We will definitely have plans for every CSK batsman, it will be very challenging to play against them.
He said, “As long as we execute our plans, there is quality in our bowling so that we keep an eye on the run flow.”