India fast bowler T Natarajan’s tour of Australia only seems to be getting better. After having made his T20 and ODI debut for the country in the ongoing series, on Friday he was also handed over his Test debut for the final match against Australia in Brisbane.
The Tamil Nadu bowler was drafted in to the playing XI at the Gabba as injuries left the visitors in a spot of bother, especially in the bowling department.
Natarajan made his international debut in the third ODI against Australia on December 2 in Canberra, which India won by 13 runs. He made an immediate impact by taking two wickets for 70 runs from his 10 overs.
Natarajan then played his part in India’s 2-1 series win in the subsequent three-match T20 International rubber by taking six wickets during the series.
“Welcome to Test cricket … Thangarasu Natarajan becomes the first Indian player to make his International debut across all three formats during the same tour,” the ICC tweeted.
Natarajan had a remarkable season in IPL 2020 where he bagged 16 wickets for Sunrisers Hyderabad as his team bowed out in the Eliminator of the tournament, and was addressed as the yorker specialist. It was his performance there that earned him a call for the Australia tour as the net bowler.
Along with Natarajan, Washington Sundar also made his Test debut in Brisbane.