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“Everyone raised questions when T Natarajan was picked for the KXIP squad,” says Virender Sehwag

December 4, 2020

Written By,

Ankit Seth

T Natarajan was bought by Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2017 season. In that particular season, Natarajan got to play 6 IPL games but managed to pick only two wickets. This led to many questions about his inclusion in the team.

The former Indian opener Virender Sehwag was the KXIP’s Head of Cricket Operations then. The veteran disclosed how critics raised questions about his presence on the team. The 42-year-old revealed it while answering a fan’s question on Sony Sports Network.

Sehwag further praised a few Tamil Nadu players that played a crucial role in the KXIP squad. The legendary cricketer watched a lot of videos of Natarajan then and thought of picking him in the auction. In the 2017 auction, KXIP bought the pacer for INR 3 crore.

Sehwag added how he was not bothered about the money when there is a talent. A few other Tamil Nadu players also applauded the player and stated that he bowls very well in the slog overs and delivers a perfect yorker.

I saw his bowling videos and decided to pick him: Virender Sehwag

The KL Rahul-led side went on to win only seven matches and managed to take the fifth slot on the points table this season. Natarajan grabbed two wickets in the six games he played. He still played a crucial role in KXIP’s victories.

Sehwag stated that after watching all his videos, he decided to surely take him at because the team lacked a death bowler. Regrettably, that season, he had an injury and could not play too many matches. But Punjab only won the games that he played in.

The legendary opener was surprised after seeing T Natarajan in the ODI team well before making his T20I debut. Sehwag was very excited to see the pacer getting an excellent opportunity in the Indian team. Sehwag concluded by wishing good luck to the pacer for his future matches and hopes that he secures his place in the Indian squad.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth