While claiming that he is not too perturbed after being snubbed for the upcoming Test series in Sri Lanka, Karun Nair has said he is just focusing on the India A tour of South Africa where he will lead the side in the two four-day Tests.
Before the squad announcement for the Sri Lanka series, Nair was named in the India A squads for the limited-overs series and unofficial Tests in South Africa, raising speculations that he would not get a place in the senior team.
However, chief selector MSK Prasad had insisted that Nair as well as Abhinav Mukund, who too was a part of the India A squad for the unofficial Tests, would be considered for selection in the senior team. And while Mukund has retained his place as a backup opener, Nair has lost it just three Tests after his historic triple century against England last year.
“I will have to respect the decision of the team management and selectors. That’s the way it goes and I am just focusing on South Africa now, the India ‘A’ tour, looking forward to it. It is going to be a new experience for me, I have never been to South Africa, so trying to just prepare myself and do well there,” Nair told ESPNcricinfo.
Nair further rued his failures to make the limited chances count that came his way during the Australia series. While Nair made most of the chance that came his way when he was included in the team in place of an injured Ajinkya Rahane, scoring the triple century, he failed miserably when he got the chance to cement his spot in the playing eleven, as he managed just 54 runs in four innings.
“If I look back, I got a couple of starts which I feel I could have made into substantial scores. Those two starts I got were supposed to be converted, but you know that’s how it goes for a batsman, sometimes you get starts and you are not able to convert them. I don’t think there’s any point talking about it right now. I am just looking forward to the season coming up and try to do better,” said Nair.
Nair also admitted that he was lucky to get a chance in the playing eleven of a settled Indian team.
“Honestly, I was fortunate enough to get to play in the XI. So I was very happy, learning new things from everyone around and playing Test cricket. I was really enjoying myself and not thinking too much about it. But the competition is very high and it’s healthy competition. There’s nothing to worry about there, I am not thinking too much, just looking forward,” he said.