Shane Warne has added a strange moment to an already dramatic first session of play on day four of the fourth Test with his focus on an Indian bowler’s freak anomaly in his debut match.
The Aussie legend openly discussed Indian debutant Thangarasu Natarajan’s bizarre habit of regularly producing no-balls off the first delivery of his overs.
The 29-year-old had six no-balls in the first innings and another one on day four — with five of them coming from the first ball of his overs.
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Warne highlighted the “big no balls” Natarajan had bowled after also bringing up the subject on day three.
“Just something interesting that’s caught my eye when Natarajan was bowling, he’s bowled seven no-balls in this match and they’ve all been big ones,” Warne told Fox Cricket.
“And five of them have been off the first ball — and they’re miles over. I found that very odd. We’ve all bowled no-balls, but five of them off the first ball of an over, it’s just interesting.”
Natarajan went for 13 runs in hist first over and was immediately taken out of the attack.
He has been only a net bowler for the majority of the series and commentators online claimed his no-ball spree was likely to be the result of his lack of match practice — or teammates marking the top of his run-up incorrectly.