Ajinkya Rahane was so afraid of losing T Natarajan due to injury he wanted to declare the innings: Ravichandran Ashwin

India’s first spinner Ravichandran Ashwin reveals Ajinkya Rahane, who was the interim Test Series skipper in Australia, reflected on the innings declaration lest T Natarajan be injured by a barrage of bouncers by Mitchell Starc during the Brisbane test.

During India’s first innings at the Gabba, batting at number 11, T Natarajan was subjected to a high intensity over-over from Mitchell Starc as the lethal stimulator threw short balls at the keeper. As Ravichandran Ashwin reveals, Rahane, fearing losing another pacemaker – India was already a bowler as Navdeep Saini left the pitch with groin strain in Australia’s sleeves – considered with the coach , Ravi Shastri, that they could declare the innings otherwise. Natarajan could be injured.

Mitchell Starc (Credit: Getty)

Ravichandran Ashwin and Indian coach R Sridhar revealed the story of the indoor locker room on the elder’s YouTube channel. Natarajan later joked that even though he was defending himself, he hadn’t even seen Starc’s deliveries properly.

Here’s the conversation:

Ravichandran Ashwin: “It’s over when he faced Mitchell Starc. The nervous times you went through (team management) while he was at the fold. In fact, our captain wanted to declare that he was afraid of another injury.

Sridhar: “The captain came to load in the coach room. “Shall we declare? If he gets injured, we will only have three bowlers left in the second set. ”

Ashwin: “That was the problem. Rahane must have been worried if he or Rohit Sharma should have been bowling.

Sridhar: “He was really worried if he would only have three bowlers if Starc hurt Natarajan. Nattu told you he didn’t see the ball.

Ravichandran Ashwin: “He did. But truth be told, he played straight defense and the ball came to rest right next to him. I congratulated him on his gentle hands. He corrected me,” No, my brother . The ball got stuck between my bat and the pitch. That’s the reason. ‘”

T Natarajan won’t leave Australia before making test debut: Ravichandran Ashwin

T Natarajan
T Natarajan (Credits: Twitter)

T Natarajan has had a dream for the past 5 months: from bowling to most IPL yorkers in his debut in all three formats for India after being selected as net bowler. Ashwin praised the pacemaker saying there was a feeling in the dressing room that the Tamil Nadu pacemaker would certainly make his test debut also on the same tour after his impressive appearances for India in limited-number cricket .

The left arm stimulator is rested from the England test run and will spend time with his newborn daughter – he is reportedly back for the white ball games against Eoin Morgan’s side.

“Nattu will get his first cap for Gabba. He won’t be leaving Australia until he makes his Test debut – that was the talk between us from the start. He came as Netarajan (net pitcher) and turned into Natarajan, ” Ravichandran Ashwin added.

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