Thangarasu Natarajan, a left-arm bowler who made his India debut in all formats during last year’s tour of Australia, has announced the construction of a new cricket facility in his hometown with all amenities. He also disclosed the ground’s name, which will be the ‘Natarajan Cricket Ground.’

“I’m excited to announce that I’m building a new cricket ground in my village with all of the amenities, which will be known as NATARAJAN CRICKET GROUND (NCG) #DreamsDoComeTrue Last December, I made my debut for India, and this December, I’ll be constructing a cricket ground #ThankGod “On Wednesday, Natarajan said on his Twitter account.

Natarajan’s climb to cricketing glory from a very humble background was one of the inspiring cricketing stories of 2020, hailing from Chinnappampatti, a village near Salem in Tamil Nadu. Natarajan made his ODI debut last year, followed by his first T20I and a Test debut at the Gabba. After impressing with his ability to bowl yorkers in IPL 2020 in the UAE, where he picked 16 wickets in 16 matches at an economy rate of 8.02, Natarajan was initially named as a net bowler for the Australia tour.

Natarajan then played the fifth T20I against England in Ahmedabad before joining Sunrisers Hyderabad for two IPL 2021 matches. However, Natarajan had knee surgery following that, which kept him out of action for a lengthy time. He attempted a comeback in the second phase of the IPL 2021, but a positive COVID-19 test prevented him from playing any matches. In total, the 30-year-old has played for India in a Test, two One-Day Internationals, and four Twenty-20 Internationals, taking 13 wickets in all formats.

Natarajan was a part of Tamil Nadu’s successful Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy campaign, taking up six wickets in five matches, including the final against Karnataka. However, due to knee problems, Natarajan was unable to compete in the tournament’s quarter-final and semi-final. He was forced to withdraw from the Vijay Hazare Trophy group stage due to knee problems.