India made four changes for the 3rd ODI against Australia at the Manuka Oval with Thangarasu Natarajan, Shubman Gill, Shardul Thakur, and Kuldeep Yadav replacing Mayank Agarwal, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Shami, and Yuzvendra Chahal. Tamil Nadu's Natarajan becomes India's 232nd ODI player. Australia made three changes with Cameron Green, Sean Abbott, and Ashton Agar coming in for injured David Warner, Pat Cummins, and Mitchell Starc. For Green also, this is his international debut.
The 29-year-old from Salem, had an impressive campaign with Sunrisers Hyderabad and played a key role in getting the Hyderabad-based team to the knockout stages, picking up 16 wickets in as many matches. He had an economy rate of 8.02 in this edition, which is an ode to his mastery of the death bowling craft. Natarajan bowled the most number of Yorkers in IPL 2020 and lead the race by a long margin, leading to a maiden India call-up for the Australia series. With Indian bowlers Conceding 350 plus runs in the first two ODIs, India added Natarajan to the playing XI for the 3rd ODI.
Here's how Twitter reacted to Natarajan's debut:
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 2020
You've Won Maara @Natarajan_91
Very Proud of u Nattu & All the Best pic.twitter.com/thpPMP4ROy
— Mumbai Indians TN FC (@MIFansClubTN) December 2, 2020
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) December 2, 2020
What a day for Natarajan. What a story. If you are 29, don't lose hope. Wish him well.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 2, 2020
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) December 2, 2020
Natarajan is making his ODI debut - it has been an incredible journey for this Tamil Nadu pacer - IPL changing the life of cricketers.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) December 2, 2020
Nattu Natarajan - From a very poor family & from a small village near Salem to making his ODI Debut for
What a proud moment
All his hardwork and struggles through the years have bearing fruits now!❤️
— Raammm (@RamRam1718) December 2, 2020
— ʟᴏɢᴜ ᴠᴊ ᴋᴇᴇʀᴛʜʏ ²⁸ ʸᵉᵃʳˢ ᵒᶠ ᵛⁱʲᵃʸⁱˢᵐ (@LoguVjKeerthy) December 2, 2020
Abba Sairam Toss Gelicharu
Nattu Match lo vunnadu inko
— R A J E S H (@NBKRajesh16) December 2, 2020
T Natarajan(Nattu), the yorker specialist of the latest IPL edition, is all set to make his debut today
Kapil Dev:- pic.twitter.com/bie3Ky5xF9
— Sudhanshu Ranjan Singh (@memegineers_) December 2, 2020
— Aruneeey (@arun_4_all) December 2, 2020
Twitter Can't Keep Calm as 'Inspirational' T Natarajan Makes his India Debut in 3rd ODI