Indian pacer Thangarasu Natarajan has proved how worth his induction is to the Test squad in the fourth Test against Australia after dismissing key Aussie batsmen and building momentum for India in advancing towards victory. India and Australia have been camped in Brisbane for the fourth and final Test match that began on Friday. The host Australia won the toss and decided to bat first.
The Indian side had made changes to fill up the vacuum left by the injured players as the last Test has become the 'do or die' match for both the teams. 29-year-old Tamil Nadu player Natarajan has made his Test debut on Friday with the rain of wishes from the team and the Indian fans. As India was made to bowl first, Natarajan has become a crucial induction to the Indian bowling line-up, and with his excellent performance, he has recorded a dream debut.
Yes, Natarajan has built strong momentum for Team India on the first day of the fourth Test match. Australia opened the innings only to witness a shocking display of the opening partnership after David Warner was dismissed by Mohammed Siraj for 1 run while the other opener Marcus Harris walked back to the pavilion for 5 runs after he was dismissed by Shardul Thakur. Following their short dismissals, Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith came to the crease and managed to revive the team.
Both of them stood with the affirmation of finishing the first day by losing two wickets. However, the Indian bowling line-up had spoiled their affirmation, and when Labuschagne scored 108 runs off 204 balls, Natarajan had broken the partnership after he successfully dismissed Labuschagne from the crease. Along with Natarajan, another Tamil Nadu player Washington Sundar had also made his Test debut on Friday, and Sundar had recorded his first Test wicket after successfully dismissing Steve Smith for 36 runs while Natarajan took his second wicket of the day by dismissing another key batsman Matthew Wade for 45 runs.
At the end of day one of the fourth Test, Australia has scored 274 runs by losing five wickets with Cameron Green and Tim Paine on the crease while Natarajan has taken two wickets and Mohammed Siraj, Thakur, and Sundar took one wicket each as India strongly controls the game. Natarajan has become the star of the first day by taking two crucial wickets in his debut Test match. Earlier, Natarajan has expressed that it was a proud moment to wear the white jersey and said he is ready for the next set of challenges.
On Friday, Natarajan has set the greatest milestone in his cricketing career as he has become the first Indian cricketer to make his international debut across all three formats during the same tour. He was handed over the cap for his first Test match and the fellow Indian players had commended and congratulated him for his remarkable feat. Now, he has made his debut memorable by proving his worth and talent on the crease.