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The middle-order batsman from Karnataka, Karun Nair is hopeful to carry forward his domestic form when he takes the field for the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in edition 11 of the domestic professional Twenty20 league.
Meanwhile, Nair had a good domestic season with his state side Karnataka. He led the team to Vijay Hazare Trophy having done well with the bat. Nair also did well with the bat in Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament, the domestic T20 tournament.
KXIP have done very good at the auctions and they build a strong squad of players. While it certainly brings up the ‘good problem’ of selection, it also brings into question the fact whether players can win matches on their own or now.
Karun is one of the only two cricketers who have a triple-century to his name in Test cricket for India.
“Problem of plenty, it is a good thing to have. Many teams do not have such options this season. We are in a happy place,” Karun told to Express.
“Also, it is a good thing to have players who can win matches on their own. But as far as I am concerned, you can only win a tournament if all 11 players contribute. Everyone has to contribute some way or the other. It is good to have match-winners, but we have to play as a team to clinch the title,” he added.
Talking about himself, Karun Nair said that he is looking forward to playing the big names. Punjab has quite a few stars along with a bunch domestic Indian players.
“Obviously, my confidence level is quite high. I scored two hundreds in the domestic T20s, and I am looking forward to a good season with Kings XI. Will try and play normal cricket, and my aim will be to help win matches. I have done well in the opening slot, but I am ready to bat at any position that the management wants me to,” Nair concluded.
Meanwhile, Punjab will start their campaign against Delhi Daredevils on April 8 at Mohali.