Virender Sehwag Points Five Similarities Between Jasprit Bumrah, T. Natarajan After 1st T20I vs Australia
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Hours after India beat Australia in the first T20I at Canberra by 11 runs on Friday, former India cricketer Virender Sehwag came up with stunning stats that highlight five similarities between Jasprit Bumrah and T. Natarajan. It may sound strange, but if one goes by records and stats – Natarajan’s international career has got off to a similar start as Bumrah’s once did.

Here are the five stunning similarities:

# Both the cricketers made their ODI and T20I debut against Australia in Australia. While Bumrah burst into the international scene during India’s 2015-16 tour of Australia, Natarajan’s debut happened five seasons later.

# The second similarity is rather stunning – both players were not first choices – they were replacements. While Bumrah replaced Mohammad Shami who had picked up an injury, while Natarajan made his ODI debut after Bumrah was rested for the final match as the tourists had already lost the series.

# It is also surprising that both the cricketers made their ODI debut in the last match of the three-match ODI series and that happened to be the only match India won. When Bumrah made his debut, India won the match by six runs and two balls to spare. In Natarajan’s case, India won the final ODI by 13 runs.

# Both the cricketers picked up two wickets in their ODI debut. While Bumrah returned with figures of 40 runs in 10 overs, Natarajan was on the expensive side as he conceded 70 runs in his quota of 10 overs.

# Bumrah and Natarajan have also picked up three wickets in their maiden T20I match. On his T20I debut, Bumrah conceded 23 runs and picked up three wickets in Adelaide. Natarajan on the other hand got three wickets in his four-overs spell which giving 30 runs.

Sehwag feels even if Natarajan can be anywhere close to being as effective as Bumrah has been, India will have a lethal fast bowling attack.