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Why Does T Natarajan Have JP Nattu Written On His Back?

Natarajan picked up two wickets against KKR. (Photo Credit: IPL)

Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer T Natarajan has impressed one and all with his consistent spell of bowling in this IPL 2020. He has picked up 11 wickets from nine games for his side so far. Natarajan has also bowled the tough overs upfront and at the death.

More than 40 percent of his deliveries have been at the yorker length in this season so far, bringing his potential to light. Former Windies pacer Ian Bishop has been particularly impressed with his bowling performances so far.

While his name is T Natarajan, he has “JP Nattu” written on his back. As per sources close to the SRH team management, JP is a mark of respect for his mentor Jayaprakash who spotted Natarajan as a tennis ball cricketer.

Thangarasu Natarajan, as his name reads completely, Natarajan was roped in by Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2018. He learned his trade of bowling accurate yorkers from his practice in tennis ball cricket under his mentor Jayaprakash. Along with accurate yorkers, he has a couple of change up deliveries in his arsenal, which he uses from time to time.

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T Natarajan Dismissed MS Dhoni vs CSK

Natarajan picked up the wicket of MS Dhoni when Sunrisers Hyderabad played against Chennai Super Kings in the return fixture. After the match, he said that it was his dream to pick up Dhoni’s wicket. He was congratulated by Ravichandran Ashwin who tweeted about the same. Ashwin has seen Natarajan grow in domestic cricket.

Meanwhile batting first, KKR finished on 163 for 5. Eoin Morgan (34) and Dinesh Karthik (29) added 58 runs in the last five overs to take Kolkata past the 160-mark. Natarajan took 2 for 40 from his four overs which included the wicket of Andre Russell. Rashid Khan took 1 for 28 from his spell.

It’s a must-win game for both KKR and SRH who are fighting to stay alive in the tournament.

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