Former India cricketer-turned-commentator, Sanjay Manjrekar feels that the emergence of T Natarajan in the shortest format of the game will put the senior pacer, Mohammed Shami under some pressure to retain his place in the Indian team.
Natarajan stole the show for India in his first T20I match against Australia on Friday. Defending a below-par target of 162 runs at the Manuka Oval, the 29-year-old left-arm pacer picked up three key wickets while conceding 30 runs in his 4-over spell and helped the visitors to seal the game with an 11-run win.
Labelled as the new yorker king in Team India, Natarajan turned the tables for his side with his fierce bowling style in Canberra. He restricted the Aussies from scoring freely.
On the other hand, Shami has been an important part of the Virat Kohli-led side over the past few years. He was at his best in the first ODI against Aaron Finch-led side in Sydney, scalping 3 crucial wickets in the form of David Warner, Steve Smith, and Glenn Maxwell. However, in the second one-day, Shami managed to take only one wicket after which India decided to rest him for the dead-rubber.
Following India’s clinical win in the opening T20I of the three-match series, Manjrekar said, “What he has done is he has put Mohammed Shami under pressure as a T20I bowler. Now India will be really tempted to have him along with Bumrah as one of his seamers.”