T Natarajan recalls MS Dhoni’s advice ahead of IPL: He told me I will keep getting better with experience

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Indian Premier League: Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer T Natarajan has recalled MS Dhoni’s advice given to him during the IPL 2020 last year. The CSK skipper told him that with experience under his belt, he will only get better.

Courtesy of BCCI

Courtesy of BCCI

HIGHLIGHTS

  • SRH pacer Natarajan has recalled how MS Dhoni's advice helped him
  • The CSK skipper had advised him to use variations in his bowling
  • He spoke to me about fitness and encouraged me: Natarajan said

Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni’s advice proved to be helpful for the Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer, ‘yorker specialist’ T Natarajan improve his bowling. The former India captain was lauded by many for his contribution to the success of bowlers.

Ahead of the IPL 2021 season, Natarajan has revealed how Dhoni’s advice during the IPL the UAE last year inspired him to improve his skills with the ball. Natarajan made his debut in Australia last year and left a lasting impact with the white-ball.

"Speaking to somebody like Dhoni itself is a big thing. He spoke to me about fitness and encouraged me, saying that I will keep getting better with experience. He said, use slow bouncers, cutters, and variations like that. It has been useful for me," Natarajan was quoted as saying by 'ESPNcricinfo'.

"I pitched one in the slot and he hit me for a big six - 102 metres or something. The next ball I got his wicket (and didn't celebrate) -- I was just thinking about that previous ball. After coming back to the dressing room, though, I was happy. After finishing the match, I also had a chat with him,” Natarajan recalled his wicket of the CSK captain.

Natarajan also got the big wicket of AB de Villiers while playing against RCB last year. IPL 2020 was special for him as he became a father to a baby girl.

"On one side there was my girl and on the other side, I got that wicket in an important knockout game. Romba santhosham (I was extremely happy), but I didn't really tell the others (about the baby).

"I thought I will tell everyone else after we win the game, but my captain (David) Warner spoke about it, I think, at the post-match (presentation)," Natarajan said.