Why Natarajan is not selected in India’s T20 World Cup 2022 Squad?

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Why Natarajan is not selected in India's T20 World Cup Squad?
Why Natarajan is not selected in India's T20 World Cup Squad?

India’s squad for T20 World Cup 2022 has been revealed by the selectors. There are not many changes in the 15-member Squad if we compare it will Asia Cup squad. The management is trying to work on these selected players. The team is looking quite strong on paper. Whenever any Squad is announced, several notable names failed to make into the Indian squad. This time fans are wondering about T. Natarajan. The bowling of team India is under radar and Natarajan is an exceptional death specialist. So the fans expected to see him in the Indian team for T20 World Cup 2022. Let’s see Why Natarajan is not selected in India’s squad for T20 World Cup 2022?

India T20 World Cup 2022 Squad

India T20 World Cup 2022 Squad
India T20 World Cup 2022 Squad

Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh.

Standby players: Mohammad Shami, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar

Why Natarajan is not selected in India’s T20 World Cup 2022 Squad?

Natarajan misses out from selection in Indian squad for T20 World Cup 2022 because he has been out of Indian team for a long time. Due to an injury in IPL 2022, he lost his place in the playing 11 of India and since then he has been out team.

Why Natarajan is not selected in India’s T20 World Cup 2022 Squad?
Why Natarajan is not selected in India’s T20 World Cup 2022 Squad?

BCCI announced the Indian Cricket Team squad for Asia Cup 2022 which is scheduled to begin in UAE on June 27. The Asia Cup will start just after the conclusion of India vs Zimbabwe ODI series. Rohit Sharma has been named captain of India’s 15-member squad for the Asia Cup. Natarajan has failed to get a place in Indian Squad for Asia Cup. Fans are quite upset with his omission and want to know the reason as to Why Natarajan is not selected in India’s Squad for Asia Cup 2022?

india asia cup squad
india asia cup squad

India’s Asia Cup 2022 Squad

Rohit Sharma (Capt ), KL Rahul (VC), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, R Pant (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, R Jadeja, R Ashwin, Y Chahal, R Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan.

Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel and Deepak Chahar have been named as standbys.

Why Natarajan is not selected in India’s Squad for Asia Cup 2022?

Natarajan is not selected in Asia Cup 2022 because he was not even in contention list. He has been out of Indian team since a long time. He suffered an injury before IPL 2022 and since then he has not played for Indian team.

India’s squad for upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 was announced by BCCI on September 9. As expected, there were many surprises. Few names were included in the squad that no one had expected. More than that, some regular names were omitted from the 15-member squad. Players like Shikhar Dhawan and Yuzvendra Chahal missed out from the squad. R. Ashwin was included in the T20 squad after a very long time. Apart from these big names, Natarajan was also expected to play for India in the T20 World Cup 2021. However, the selectors did not pick him. Let’s see why Natarajan is not selected in India’s T20 World Cup Squad.

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Yorker specialist, Thangarasu Natarajan was once considered as a confirmed choice for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021. He was all set to lead the pace attack along with Jasprit Bumrah. He is a talented left-arm pacer who got his recognition by delivering exceptional yorkers while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL. India always had a scarcity of left-arm speedsters and this increased his demand. Natarajan had been a part of SRH since 2017 but he became the lead pacer for the SRH franchise after Bhuvneshwar Kumar had suffered a hip injury in IPL 2020. His amazing performance in IPL led to his debut for the Indian cricket team in all three formats of the game.

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India T20 World Cup 2021 Squad

India T20 World Cup 2021 Squad
India T20 World Cup 2021 Squad

Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (Vice-Captain), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami

Standby players – Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar.

Why Natarajan is not selected in India’s T20 World Cup Squad?

Natarajan was not selected in India’s T20 World Cup 2021 squad due to his injury concerns and a long break from cricket. He was was ruled out of the IPL 2021 season after he sustained a knee injury. After suffering the injury, the fast bowler was sent back to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore for rehab. Since his injury he has not played cricket. In the IPL 2021 season, Natarajan played only 2 matches while taking 2 wickets. The World Cup will be held in UAE which is spin friendly. With better options available for pace attack, the selectors decided to not pick Natarjan in the T20 squad. His injury concerns and not soo good form in the first phase of IPL lead to him not getting picked in the World Cup team.

Natarajan T20 World Cup 2021
Natarajan T20 World Cup 2021

However, he has recovered after undergoing knee surgery. T Natarajan will be back in action when he play for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2nd phase of the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League. If he continues to perform well, Natarajan could possibly receive a place in the final Indian squad for the ICC T20 World Cup.

The omission of Natarajan is not surprising at all because he himself knew that his selection was difficult due to his injury and he has been away from the field for a long time.

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