The left-arm pacer was given a rousing reception on his return home a few days ago and will continue to be the toast of his town in the time to come.
Looking back on the tour of Australia, Natarajan seems to still be processing the many milestones that have come his way recently.
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“The Australia tour was like a dream tour for me,” Natarajan told reporters during an interaction on Sunday.
While Natarajan can afford to sit back and soak in the life-altering events that have transpired over the last few months, he is now hungry for more success. He has got a taste of international cricket and will want to sustain his performances over a prolonged period of time.
“I want to achieve more and reach a better position in the Indian team. I still have many miles to go,” he said.
Apart from his personal milestones, Natarajan also got to experience team success against the Australians in their own backyard. India just lost one of the five matches that Natarajan played across formats on the tour. The 29-year-old was quick to credit the whole team for the efforts they put in.
“I haven’t played alone. Ten others played with me. It’s about team spirit. Everyone played their role perfectly. I, too, utilised the opportunity well,” he observed.
Due to his ability to execute yorkers at will, the Tamil Nadu pacer has been fondly referred to as ‘Yorker Natarajan’. Asked about the moniker, Natarajan said he was thankful for the warmth of his supporters.
“First of all, I would like to say thanks for giving me the title. People see me as one of their children. They only gave me the title.”
Although the left-arm pacer has been a regular feature in the Tamil Nadu team over the last few years, his phenomenal rise from humble beginnings has now captured the imagination of people across the whole country. Natarajan’s journey is a reminder that youngsters from the remotest of villages can make it to the very top provided they have the talent and perseverance to succeed