Left-arm bowler, T Natarajan is expected to return to the field for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL’s UAE leg after healing from a knee injury. He had received the ailment during the Australia tour, and it worsened throughout the first part of the IPL season. Natarajan, on the other hand, will not be a part of India’s team for the next T20 World Cup. Here is all about T Natarajan On Missing Out On T20 World Cup.
T Natarajan On Missing Out On T20 World Cup
Earlier, India’s official selection member Chetan Sharma stated that there were conversations about Natarajan during the meeting, but that he was not selected due to his ailment and lack of playing time. Natarajan stated he didn’t really expect to join the World Cup team because of his injuries and lack of recent match preparation.
“I didn’t have any disappointments [at not being selected for the T20 World Cup]. I knew it was hard to reach there in a short period of time. A lot of people have told me that I would make the squad, but I didn’t expect to be picked in the 15-man squad. I knew I was coming back from injury; I hadn’t played competitive cricket for five or five-and-a-half months,” Natarajan said in an Interaction.
You can’t expect to be picked in the squad without match practice: Natarajan
In April, Natarajan last appeared for Sunrisers Hyderabad in a competitive match versus Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai. Following that, his injuries ruled him out of the game. He also missed the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL), which ended recently.
Taking these factors to come into play, the seamer believes he would have made the World Cup team if the selection had taken effect after the IPL. He didn’t expect to make the 15-man team because he hadn’t played one a match through months.
“If maybe the [World Cup] selection was after the IPL, I would have had a chance to make the squad. You can’t expect to be picked in the squad without match practice. I thought of at least going [to the World Cup] as a net bowler. I had ambitions of being a net bowler, but I didn’t expect to be in the 15 at all. My mindset was just to recover from the leg injury, play the IPL, and the rest will happen automatically,” Natarajan added.