T Natarajan reached India on Thursday (January 21).  |  Photo Credit: AP
- The members of Indian Test team landed in India on Thursday (January 21)
- T Natarajan, who lives in Salem, reached his hometown after his return from Australia
- The officials have asked Natarajan to isolate and he will not be able to take part in celebrations
Following the historic win in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020/21, the members of Team India landed in the country earlier today (January 21). Rishabh Pant headed to his home in Delhi while Mumbai cricketers were greeted by the officials. A video of stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane being welcomed by his relatives and friends is already a hit on social media.
As per the rules, the cricketers who had landed in Mumbai had to go into isolation but as per Cricbuzz, they have been granted quarantine exemption. But the same isn’t the case with T Natarajan, who made his ODI, T20I and Test debut in Australia. Natarajan’s family and friends were planning to celebrate his arrival at his hometown, Salem. They had planned a grand welcome for him with banners being also put up.
However, the District Health Officials in Salem have informed Natarajan’s family that the cricketer will have to be in isolation as he returned from Australia. The exact days of the isolation period aren’t known yet. Natarajan, who was scheduled to tour Australia as a net bowler, created history by becoming the first-ever Indian to make his all-format debut in one series.
Despite the guidelines which were reportedly shared with Natarajan’s family by the District Health Officials, the Indian pacer received a hero’s welcome at his native village in Salem on Thursday. The 29-year-old was welcomed with ‘dhols’ and ‘shehnais’ as the star pacer was escorted by a huge crowd in Tamil Nadu. Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag has also shared a post about Natarajan’s ‘grand welcome’ upon his arrival in Salem.
Natarajan’s rise to fame
Replacing Varun Chakravarthy in the T20I squad, Natarajan played all three T20Is and scalped 6 wickets. He was later brought in as Navdeep Saini’s backup for ODIs and played one 50-over match. Natarajan was only included in the Test squad after Umesh Yadav was ruled out, during the second game. He made his debut in the 4th Test and scalped 3 wickets.
A little-known Natarajan had flown to UAE with Sunrisers Hyderabad, a team which kept him on the bench in IPL 2018 and 2019. As soon as he got a chance, Natarajan made the most out of it and scalped 16 wickets to make it to the national team. His toe-crushing yorkers hogged much limelight during the season and the fans are expecting to see many more of those as the seamer will add to his international caps in the coming years. He was rested for the first two Tests against England.