Despite understanding that he needs to manage his workload, Team India pacer T Natarajan has expressed his disappointment on being left out from the upcoming two Tests against England.
He feels more disconnected because he will have to miss the first two Tests at his home ground, Chepauk. However, Natarajan, who made his Test debut at the Gabba against Australia, is hopeful of getting a call-up, very soon.
“Definitely [missing being part of the squad], especially after being with the team for the last few months. But I do understand that it’s important to take a break,” T Natarajan told the Times of India.
“Given that I did not spend time with the family in the last six months, I am fine with it. But undoubtedly, I will feel bad that I’m not able to be with the national team when they are playing in Chennai,” he added.
I am looking to play in all formats: T Natarajan
Natarajan said that he is looking up to play for India in all the formats of the game and will maintain his workload accordingly. He added that he is keen to work on his strength and endurance to play all three formats.
“I am looking to play in all formats and will maintain my workload accordingly. I am keen to work on my strength and endurance levels in the coming months,” The 29-year-old pacer further stated.
“This is the first time I’ve played for six long months at a stretch in my life. Because I trained continuously during those months of lockdown, I was able to take care of the workload in IPL and in Australia,” he concluded.
Natarajan had a dream debut in Australia as he became the first Indian to debut in all formats of the game in a single tour. From travelling with the team as a net bowler, Natarajan went on to bag the most number of wickets in the T20I series.