T. Nataranjan from Tamilnadu’s Chinnapampatti to Canberra

T. Nataranjan from Tamilnadu’s Chinnapampatti to Canberra
T. Nataranjan from Tamilnadu’s Chinnapampatti to Canberra

Born and brought up in a small village 36 km off Salem Thangarasu.  Nataranjan, is a son of a daily wage worker  in a saree manufacturing unit. His mother used to sell snacks  at a small road side shop. He said his family had struggled to make ends meet and they did not even have the money to buy notebooks and pencils for his schooling at a government school.

Nataranjan Played Tennis – This Is History Now

Till he was 20, Nataranjan played only with tennis  ball , did not even represent his school or college and had not even seen in a proper cricket ground.

The break through came when he was refered by a well wisher of his village .

A jayprakash  and took him to Chennai and he first played in the Tamil Nadu cricket Academy (TNCA) 4th division league  representing  BSNL in 2010-11 .

There he was doing pretty good with his pin point Yorkers and gave that credits to his tennis ball cricketing background.

T. Nataranjan from Tamilnadu’s Chinnapampatti to Canberra
T. Nataranjan from Tamilnadu’s Chinnapampatti to Canberra

Nataranjan quickly climbed the rungs and played vijay hazare in 2012 . Ranji debut  against Bengal in 2015  at the iconic eden gardens, Kolkata. In the middle , he was cautioned once by BCCI panel to rectify his bowling action.

In 2017 he made his IPL debut for Kings xi Punjab where he was bought for whopping 3 crore but he played  only 6  games .

Picking up only 2 wickets. Next year he was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for 40 lakhs,  which was just above his base  price, i.e 20 lakhs. But unfortunately the pacer was benched  for the first 2 seasons in SRH. 

A good season in syed Mustaq Ali trophy in which he picked up 13 wickets in 11 matches helped him make him return in IPL. He began his IPL 2020 campaign with the big wicket of VIrat kohli &  From then there was no looking back. He proved his worth and ended the season  as one of the most successful fast bowlers in the tournament having picked up 16 wickets .

Made his mark as a death over specialist

T Nataranjan was initially picked up as replacement for injured Varun Chakroborty. He is the first pacer selected from Tamil nadu since Laxmipathi Balaji in 2002 and is the 11th left arm fast bowler made India debut  in ODI  cricket.

He earned his cap from the skipper VIrat kohli and first played in 3rd ODI replacing MD. Shami against Australia at OVAL, Canberra.

HE also earned high praises from world cup winning captain Kapil Dev. His Hyderabad coach Tom MOODY said, “What a wonderful story. Ntaranjan making his ODI debut for INDIA TODAY.  dreams do come true”. 

Nataranjan is on the fast lane to success. Things are looking up for his family too. His ineed a  heart warming story.


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