Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) winners, have experienced a rollercoaster ride thus far in the tournament’s 15th season. They dropped their first two games before mounting a dramatic comeback to take the lead with five straight wins. However, Kane Williamson’s poor play and a few injuries have resulted in four consecutive defeats, thus ending their season. During this hot and cold ride, one Indian cricketer in particular has managed to impress Pakistan icon Shoaib Akhtar.

Natarajan’s outstanding return to the IPL, where he has 17 wickets in nine innings and is a candidate for the Purple Cap, has pleased Akhtar. These wickets were taken at a strike rate of 8.66 and an average of 17. cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval cheval

The former Pakistan bowler praised the 31-year-old Indian pacer as an “asset” and an “exciting potential” in an interview with Sportskeeda.

“Natarajan is a promising young artist. He’s a valuable asset, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of him in the days ahead. Bhuvneshwar is, without a doubt, a brilliant and intelligent bowler. “They both have an excellent grasp of their abilities,” he remarked.

With five victories in 11 games, SRH is now sixth in the points standings. They still have three games left: May 14 against Kolkata Knight Riders, May 17 against Mumbai Indians, and May 22 against Punjab Kings. With other variables in play, they can still reach the playoffs if they win all of their remaining games. “It’s been quite a challenge for us, we need to come up with ways to reverse that pressure and turn around. These have been par totals, the batting has been quality, but as a unit there are areas to touch on. I think earlier in the competition when there was assistance with the new ball we were certainly very threatening, so we need to go back to the drawing board as we have a little gap between the next game,” SRH skipper Kane Williamson said