IPL 2021: ‘My main focus is on recovering completely and returning when IPL restarts’: SRH pacer quick to make a rebound after injury.

The rest of the IPL 2021 will be held in UAE in September and Natarajan is destined to recover his fitness by then, till that time.

  • Cricket Winner | July 6, 2021 | 12:30 pm

IPL 2021: T Natarajan has had an amazing kickstart in his career. He got an opportunity to play for the Indian National Team in the wake of being part of the squad as a ‘net bowler’. In spite of the fact that Australia seems to be an overwhelming spot to make an international debut, Natarajan looked splendid. He had effectively shown potential to be a death-bowler in the IPL and he filled his status as a yorker-king during the tour down-under. 

In any case, apart from memories and rich experience, Natarajan additionally allegedly ended up picking a knee injury from the tour which he carried into IPL 2021 too, where after playing only two matches for his franchise(Sunrisers Hyderabad). After playing a couple of games for the Sunrisers Hyderabad, the left-arm pacer opted out of the season to undergo surgery.

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Presently, he is focusing on a return at IPL 2021 when it continues in UAE in the wake of being suspended in the first week of May due to many Covid outbreaks inside the different franchisee bubbles. 

The suspension of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 because of the rising Coronavirus cases in its bio-bubble was less than a blessing in disguise for T Natarajan. The Tamil Nadu speedster, who made a stupendous debut in international cricket, getting a knee injury during the Australia series which he conveyed into the tournament. 

Following his leave, the second wave of Covid took a brutal toll on the league, just after that. But the good news or the uplifting news is, the rest of the IPL 2021 will be held in UAE in September, and Natarajan is destined to regain his fitness by then. 

He is on the way to recuperation and going through rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. While talking with the New Indian Express in a meeting, Natarajan said he is intending to get back to the UAE leg of the tournament. 

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“I’m advancing great after the surgery. I have begun training gradually. I will begin bowling at full tilt in the nets before the current month ends. My spotlight right presently is on recovering fully and returning when the IPL restarts,” Natarajan was quoted as saying. 

“The fact that the IPL got suspended when it did has ended up to be a good thing in the end. None of it was in my grasp obviously,” he added.

Despite the fact that he has gained great progress as far as recovery is concerned, Natarajan would not want to push the process of healing. He would not like to think too far into the future – T20 World Cup – specifically. 

Following the rescheduled IPL 2021, Team India will move their focus on the much-anticipated T20 World Cup which begins from 17 October in the UAE. However, Natarajan isn’t pondering that at this moment. Instead, he is focusing on returning to the field as soon as possible.

While IPL is the immediate focus, getting picked for the T20 World Cup, additionally to be played in UAE, stays the greater objective for the 30-year-old despite the fact that he’s not too much stressed over it. 

“I’m not thinking much about the T20 World Cup right now. I’m thinking more about my recovery. If I do well in the IPL, the opportunity to be selected for the T20 World Cup will come on its own. That is my conviction. Yet, for that, my recovery should be spot on,” he finished up.