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Karun Nair. Credit: Twitter

Last Update on: January 3rd, 2020 at 11:53 am

The story of Karun Nair in Indian cricket has been one of its kind. He lost his place in the playing XI despite scoring a triple country in the final Test against England in Chennai in 2016. But the cricketer from Karnataka doesn’t want to lose hope and is keen to do well for his state in the ongoing Ranji Trophy.

Nair made his first-class debut in the 2013-14 season and was soon in the headlines knocking three back-to-back centuries. Karun Nair followed it up with a triple century in the Ranji Trophy final against Tamil Nadu next season. The national call-up was on the cards, and Nair made full use of the opportunity in the seven innings. But such is India’s batting richness that a cricketer worth his calibre is not getting a chance to play for the country.

Karun Nair, India, England
Karun Nair. Credit: BCCI

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Karun Nair wants to do well for Karnataka

The 28-year-old Karun Nair, who shockingly has not got any matches since his last game against Australia in Dharamsala, still believes that domestic cricket holds the key to the national team. He will captain Karnataka when they lock horns with Mumbai starting today at the MCA’s BKC ground.

“For me, it is about playing each game at a time and trying to contribute as much as I can to Karnataka and trying to win games for the team. I am looking forward to contributing more with the bat and as captain, so that we can go on and win games,” Nair said on Thursday. 

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KL Rahul, Karun Nair, India A vs England Lions 2019,
Karun Nair (Credits – AFP)

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However, Karun Nair has not set any target for himself for the ongoing season. He solely wants to bat well, and score runs for Karnataka and lead his team from the front. He had a good last game against Himachal Pradesh with two half-centuries and will hope to convert it to a big hundred against Mumbai.

“Not really, because it is important for me to first concentrate on what’s happening over here, and whatever has to happen, I have no control over it. So my only focus is to doing well here and contributing for Karnataka,” Nair concluded.

Ankush Das

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