“But obviously he has to go get a scan at some point,” Warner said of Natarajan’s knee issue
Natarajan’s T-knee issue keeps him from operating in IPL 2021, but he hasn’t left the bubble for a scan yet as that would mean he would need a seven-day quarantine to rejoin the team bubble. Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner said as much after Natarajan missed a second game in a row, against the Punjab Kings on Wednesday.
“He obviously has a sore knee,” Warner said at the post-match press conference. “Given the circumstances in these bubbles, if he goes and gets a scan, he obviously has to sit out for seven days; he has to go back into quarantine. We ‘ n monitoring right now. The physios are doing their best to analyze from a surface perspective. But clearly he has to go for a scan at some point. “
In Natarajan’s absence, his replacement Khaleel Ahmed rose 1 for 24 and 3 for 21 against Mumbai Indians and the Kings respectively.
Last month, Natarajan had also missed the first three T20Is against England due to a knee problem. He was selected for the fifth T20I where he went 1 for 39 in his four overs. He also played the last ODI against England in Pune, registering figures of 1 for 79 out of 10 overs.
Natarajan had risen to prominence in the last IPL, where his yorkers made him a tough bowler to score against in the death bouts. His life then took a fairy tale turn: he was selected as a net bowler for the Australian tour but eventually made his first appearance for India in all three formats. All in all, he has played one Test, two ODIs and four T20Is in India.
Hemant Brar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo