New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was highly impressed by the progress his Sunrisers Hyderabad team-mate Thangarasu Natarajan had made since IPL 2020 and said that the talented player deserved all the praise that he is getting in India right now.
Williamson further added that Natarajan was an amazing guy and his success in the tour of Australia, where he was taken as a net bowler and eventually ended up debuting in all the three formats of the game, was amazing.
“Natarajan is just an amazing guy. What a fantastic IPL tournament he has had. And the opportunities and the doors that opened for him just week by week as he ended up playing the Gabba Test and what a famous victory that was for India.
“You know (this is) just an incredible time in his life and I appreciate, I suppose, to have some involvement just being his team-mate in the last IPL and some of the years before,” Williamson told Sports Today.
Williamson said that the fast bowler from Tamil Nadu was a humble guy and it is amazing how quickly he has blossomed and become a mature cricketer for India.
“But an amazing story and such a humble guy and a fantastic talent that India has right there. I think also with his age, as well, he has just blossomed and become such a mature cricketers in such a short period of time, without playing a huge amount of cricket.
“I’m fortunate to play with him and it was awesome watching how he played going to Australia and taking up those opportunities as well,” he added.
Natarajan picked up 16 wickets from as many games for Sunrisers Hyderabad to finish as the 10th highest wicket-taker in IPL 2020. His stellar performance led him to be taken to Australia as a net bowler.