T Natarajan of the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) marked his comeback to the nets with a powerful session that included breaking a stump, ahead of the crucial IPL 2022 season, which begins on March 26.
T Natarajan has been out with a knee injury since last year. He went under the knife for the same reason, and his rehabilitation took a long time. He will be back in the lineup for the 15th edition of the IPL.
T Natarajan breaks stump during SRH training
The Indian Premier League will kick off in 2022 with a thrilling opener between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders. The match will be a rematch of the previous edition’s final, in which MS Dhoni’s Super Kings upset the Knight Riders to win their fourth IPL title. The 2022 edition of the competition was preceded by a mega auction, which saw a number of changes to the squad composition of the franchises.
Sunrisers Hyderabad has started their preparations in Mumbai for the upcoming Indian Premier League season. On March 29, the Kane Williamson-led side will face the Rajasthan Royals at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) venue in Pune.
Natarajan joined the Sunrisers Hyderabad earlier this month as they prepare for the 2018 edition of the event, and on Sunday, the franchise’s official Instagram account shared a video of the pacer bowling in the nets, where he broke the stumps.
When he isn't crushing your toes, he's breaking the stumps down! 🔥@Natarajan_91 #OrangeArmy #ReadyToRise #TATAIPL pic.twitter.com/6bpkrG3ilZ
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) March 20, 2022
The 30-year-old Tamil Nadu native rose to popularity in the league’s 2020 edition, which was also held in the United Arab Emirates. And it was due to his outstanding performance in the UAE that he was called up to the Indian team for the 2020–21 Australian tour, where he made his debut in all three formats of the game.
After a high of playing for India, Natarajan’s luck ran out in 2021 when he sustained a knee injury that necessitated surgery. Because of the injury, he missed most of the IPL 2021 season, appearing in only two games and taking two wickets at an average of 34.50.