Why T Natarajan didn’t play against Mumbai Indians even after picking 2 wickets in 2 games?

Although the changes were a bit surprising to many, one thing that grabbed the attention was the absence of yorker specialist T Natarajan.

Shruti Banerjee Author

Updated - 17 April 2021 9:39 pm

The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has so far seen many things - be it run-fest, a nail-biting thriller or a final over finish. However, the 9th match between Mumbai Indians (MI) and SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) has started with a twist. SRH made as many as four changes- Virat Singh, Abhishek Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Khaleel Ahmed came in place of Wriddhiman Saha, Jason Holder, Shahbaz Nadeem and T Natarajan.

Although the changes were a bit surprising to many, one thing that grabbed the attention was the absence of yorker specialist T Natarajan. Natarajan was a part of playing XI in the first two matches of SRH where although he claimed 2 wickets, he was bit expensive too. His spell read - (4-0-37-1) and (4-0-32-1) respectively. While many thought, to face a mighty side like Mumbai Indians, the team management has decided to drop him and give others a chance, Tom Moody confirmed that he has been rested for workload management.

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However, this could be something else too!

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On the other hand, batsman Virat Singh and spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman made their debut for SRH, while all-rounder Abhishek Sharma and pacer Khaleel Ahmed have returned too. Notably, this is the first IPL game for the Jharkhand player. In 61 T20s, the left-handed batsman has scored 1,802 runs which came at an average and strike rate of 37.54 and 127.53 respectively which included one hundred and 11 fifties as well.