With Thangarasu Natarajan undergoing bowling action change and overcoming self doubts, it led to him being offered a lucrative deal for the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), where he was roped in by Glenn Maxwell’s Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) during the IPL 2017 Auction. The young leg-arm pacer has said that he is enjoying his maiden IPL season so far. Meanwhile, he is also learning a new language improve his approach towards the game and learn more from his experiences in the IPL. Punjab roped him in for a whopping Rs 3 crore, following an impressive domestic season for Tamil Nadu in 2016-17. Full Cricket Scorecard, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), IPL 2017, Match 33 at Mohali
“Initially, I felt a little pressure as it was first season at this level. After the first match, I felt normal. The team members ensured that I was relaxed. I’m trying to learn Hindi now. I am doing what I know best. I need to give my best now, I can learn new things as I gain experience.” Natarajan said, as reported by PTI. Speaking on the manner in which he prepared for IPL 2017, and if there was a change in the manner, he said, “Not really. However, the foreign players have a different approach to games and I have been taking note of that.”
Speaking on him being compared to that of Bangladesh’s Mustafizur Rahman, he said, “”There is a long way to go. Meanwhile, Maxwell asks me to stick to my strengths and is prepared to give fields I seek.” He also spoke on how Virender Sehwag acts as a great motivator. “Sehwag sir is a great motivator. He advised me to focus on my strengths,” he said.