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.
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.
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.
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.