Playing well for Karnataka my only target: Karun Nair

Indian batsman Karun Nair has been out of the national side for quite a long time now and he can put his name into the list of the unluckiest players as despite scoring a triple hundred, he got the opportunity to play only 6 Tests for India in the end.

Nair made his first-class debut back in 2013-14 season and the caught the eye with his performances right from the beginning as he scored three hundred in Ranji Trophy and also helped his side Karnataka to win the title.

The dynamic batsman also hit a triple hundred in the following season and that too in the final game against Tamil Nadu and that knock opened the gate for him to play for India in the longer format of the game. The opportunity finally came in 2016 and he made the most out of it as he scored 303* in the final Test against England in Chennai. He made his Test debut earlier in that series against England in Mohali.

When it seemed like Nair has cemented his place after the outstanding knock, things went exactly the opposite for the 28-year old batsman. He has managed to play only four more Tests for India after that knock and the last was in 2017 against Australia.

He was in the squad for many times when India toured abroad but eventually failed to make it to the playing XI. On the other hand, Hanuma Vihari has cemented his place in the side and it has caused more trouble for Nair,

However, the Karnataka batsman continues to work hard and insisted that his only target is to perform well for his state.

“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.”

“It is important to concentrate on what’s happening over here and whatever has to happen, I’ve no control over it. So my only focus is to doing well here and contributing for Karnataka,” he said.