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Thangarasu Natarajan, Son Of Daily Wager Was A Top Buy At IPL Auction

Left-arm seamer Thangarasu Natarajan was finding it surreal when the bids against his name zoomed at a breakneck pace during the IPL auction on Monday in Bengaluru.

The little known 25-year-old's life changed in a matter of few minutes as Rs. 10 lakh base price saw a quantum 30-time jump reaching Rs. 3 crore with former India opener Virender Sehwag vigorously raising the pedal for Kings XI Punjab.

Perhaps he remembered the days of hardships when his mother ran a street side stall and father worked as a porter at railway station. And the then 20-year-old, one of the five children, was plying his trade at tennis ball games in his native Salem.

He eventually moved to Chennai where he played for the popular Jolly Rovers, a club which has fielded big names like R Ashwin and Murali Vijay.

His big breakthrough came last year when he enjoyed a successful stint for Dindigul Dragons in the inaugural TNPL, attracting the attention of the IPLscouts.

"It seems unreal. I never thought I would play in the Tamil Nadu Premier League, let alone the IPL. Very thankful that it has happened," Natarajan said.

Natarajan recalls how TNPL gave him the much needed exposure.

"There was a lot of pressure when I was picked to play in TNPL. But I am thankful to people like Ashwin, Vijay and L Balaji (TN bowling coach) who instilled the belief in me that I was good enough at the Ranji Trophy level. It was my dream to Ranji Trophy which has been fulfilled and now I look forward to meeting people in the IPL and learning from them," he said.

Consistent performances for two years in Chennai club circles earned him a call-up to the Ranji Trophy 2015-2016.

Source- Web/ndtv

 
 
           
 
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