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Pace ace Natarajan creates record with Test debut

Last updated on: January 15, 2021 14:54 IST
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Rookie Tamil Nadu pacer is first Indian cricketer to make his international debut across all three formats during the same tour.

Thangarasu Natarajan

IMAGE: India pacer Thangarasu Natarajan appeals during Day 1 of the fourth Test against Australia, at the Gabba, in Brisbane, on Friday. Photograph: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

Pacer Thangarasu Natarajan, who was picked as a nets bowler for the Test series against Australia, became the first Indian cricketer to make his international debut across all three formats during the same tour on Friday.

 

The 29-year-old Tamil Nadu player was one of the rookies named in the playing eleven of the injury-ravaged Indian team against Australia in the fourth and final Test, which started in Brisbane on Friday.

He made his international debut in the third ODI against Australia on December 2 in Canberra and made an immediate impact by taking two wickets for 70 runs from his 10 overs as India won by 13 runs.

The left-arm pacer then played his part in India's 2-1 series win in the subsequent three-match T20 International rubber by taking six wickets during the series.

"Welcome to Test cricket ... Thangarasu Natarajan becomes the first Indian player to make his International debut across all three formats during the same tour," the ICC tweeted.

The Tamil Nadu player, whose mother worked as a daily wager, bagged two wickets on Friday in the 20 overs he bowled on Day 1 of the ongoing Test, conceding 63 runs.

"The stuff dreams are made of. A perfect treble for @Natarajan_91 as he is presented with #TeamIndia's Test No. 300. It can't get any better! Natu is now an all-format player," tweeted the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

"I think 'Nattu' bowled really well today," said fellow-Tamil Nadu player Washington Sundar, who also made his Test debut in the match, replacing injured spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

"It feels really good to make Test debut alongside him. He is a champion bowler and I hope he does really well in this Test and we can win this game," added the spin-bowling all-rounder.

Australia finished opening day of the final Test on 274-5. The engrossing four-match series is level at 1-1.

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