T Natarajan added to India ODI squad as cover for Navdeep Saini

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T Natarajan, the Tamil Nadu and Sunrisers Hyderabad left-arm seamer, has been added to India’s ODI squad, just hours before the series opener, as cover for Navdeep Saini. According to a BCCI media release, Saini had complained of “back spasm.”

Natarajan wasn’t in any of the white-ball squads in the first place, but an injury to his state-mate Varun Chakravarthy got him his maiden national call-up for the T20I leg of the Australia tour.

Natarajan excelled in the death overs for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2020 in the UAE, bowling 71 yorkers during this phase, more than double the next best. He conceded 57 off these 71 deliveries – an economy of 4.81 – while picking up five wickets, including that of AB de Villiers in the Eliminator against the Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Shardul Thakur are the other frontline seam-bowling options for India in their ODI squad.

Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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