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After KXIP snub, T Natarajan vows to do well for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Jan 31, 2018, 1:49 pm IST
Updated Jan 31, 2018, 1:49 pm IST
Natarajan was brought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for his base price of Rs 40 lakhs at IPL 2018 players auction.
Playing for KXIP in 2017, Natarajan took 2 wickets in 6 matches with an economy rate of 9.07. (Photo: BCCI)
 Playing for KXIP in 2017, Natarajan took 2 wickets in 6 matches with an economy rate of 9.07. (Photo: BCCI)

Mumbai: Thangarasu Natarajan was a household name last season when he became the highest-paid uncapped Indian player in the 2017 auction. The Tamil Nadu pacer, who had a base price of Rs 10 lakh last season, was picked by Punjab side for Rs 3 crore.

Natarajan, who is compared to Bangladesh bowling star Mustafizur Rahman due to his bowling action, had a disastrous maiden Indian Premier League season. He only played 6 matches and took 2 wickets with an economy rate of 9.07.  

 

Speaking to Sportstar, the 26-year-old said that his maiden season with the Punjab side has taught him to handle the pressure. “Playing for Punjab was a great experience,”. "It was my first year in the IPL and all my team-mates, the management, and the support staff there were all very nice and helpful," he said adding, "Even my game has got better — it (IPL stint) taught me how to handle pressure and what lengths to bowl when the odds are stacked against me."

The 2018 season of the cash-rich league will see Natarajan wearing the Orange and Black jersey of  Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) who brought him for his base price of Rs 40 lakhs at IPL 2018 players auction.

 

The pacer who will be playing alongside Team India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Sandeep Sharma and has vowed to do well this time around. "Of course.  Playing alongside him (Kumar) will obviously help.  Last season, I wasn't playing at my best. I wasn't quite content with my performance.  So, this time I wish to give my 100 percent with Hyderabad. The focus will be on bettering my slower balls and delivering yorkers at the death," he said.

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