Karun Nair, who has a Test triple ton to his name, didn’t get a chance to play a single game during India’s recently concluded UK tour.
This is not the first time Nair has been overlooked by the team management. Even after scoring a triple hundred against England at Chepauk in 2016, Nair was 'dropped' for the following one-off Test against Bangladesh.
Reflecting on his 6-Test old career, Nair, in an exclusive interview with Cricbuzz, rued not getting the opportunities after a couple of failures in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2017.
“I don't think it should be hurting me at all. Having said that, it's been two years already and I think it's time we moved on. The past is gone and we have to look ahead to what's ahead; I don't think it should be a disadvantage at all. For all, it can only be an advantage, people know what I can do now, I don't need to prove it to myself or to anyone that I can score runs at the international level because I have done it before. That kind of self-confidence I have, and I don't need to prove it to anyone. It's never going to be a disadvantage because once you get to the top level, it's all about working hard, getting better everyday, and making sure you grab your opportunities,” Nair quoted.
“I played four innings probably in the Australia series, and I think any batsman could get a start and get out in two innings and could have two failures. But to be out of the team after that and not get a chance after that is just unfortunate. I am not... obviously it is disappointing, all I can do is keep scoring at the domestic level or whichever opportunities I get and get back into the eleven... Whenever I get back into the eleven, I need to make sure those starts are converted. I cannot look at it in a negative way at all because that's not going to help me at all. All I can say is everyone gets starts and gets out at some point in their careers. For me, it's happened at that time and after that I haven't got opportunities. I cannot tell you how difficult it is going to be or how difficult it has been,” he added.
When asked if he is feeling hard done because of the lack of chances, Nair said: “It's just the way it is. The team management and everyone else make their decisions and you as players have to respect it and move forward with that. Like I said, all I can do is let the bat do the talking, and I wouldn't like to say anything else on that.”
Nair was left-out from India’s 15-member squad for the two-Test series against West Indies on Saturday. Although the interview had taken place before the team selection, Kaun Nair’s subconscious mind was constantly thinking about it.
“It does. Like you said, people do talk and it does play around. But as professional cricketers, we have to make sure that we have a job on our hand on the day and obviously, once the day is over, you can go back and reflect on what has happened. But during the game, we are solely focussed on what's happening in the middle and we are focussing on the job at hand. So all I was doing today was that only. It's just that I have to make sure... today I got a start again, I have to make sure I go on with it and not have these soft dismissals,” he remarked.
Nair is currently leading the Board President's XI against the touring Windies side in a two-day practice game in Vadodara.
He concluded by talking about the things he learnt from the sidelines and who was his got-to man during this tough phase.
“I've been spending a lot of time with (Shanker) Basu Sir, our trainer and Sanjay Bangar sir as well, our batting coach. Obviously a lot of throwdowns and a lot of net sessions. But mainly I have been spending time with Basu Sir. According to him, I am the fittest person in the team right now. I am very proud of that and I just want to keep improving on that,” he signed-off.