Ranji Trophy 2016: Karun Nair 145 runs sends a timely reminder to selectors!
The day when newly elected bunch of selectors will sit down to select team for England Tests, they will face many problems, selection of an opening batsman being the biggest of those as Karun Nair, who was the third option of Indian team as an opener in recently concluded Test series against New Zealand has scored 145 in reply Gautam Gambhir’s innings of 147. Nair was surely in pressure as this was the innings he needed to at any cost to present his case for the upcoming Test series, his timely innings has now added to the headache of selectors as selectors will now be in a dilemma of whom to select? Gautam Gambhir, Karun Nair or KL Rahul?
Going by merit, KL Rahul deserves the place but it is still not sure whether he will be fit-in-time or not. Also, he hasn’t played any game from past one month and selectors may be reluctant to give him a chance but as said, he is the most deserving candidate for the spot going by merit.
Gautam Gambhir is the second option for the selectors. Experience is one of the biggest positives which goes in his favor as he has experience of playing international cricket more than any other player present in the team. Also, he has experience of playing against England both at home and outside. His special ability to play spin is another reason which backs his selection. Though he failed in his last Ranji game but found his form at the right time.
The third option is Karun Nair, the young batsman who has been on the fringe of being selected in Playing XI from more than past one year but has been asked to wait. Meanwhile, KL Rahul somewhat fixed his spot, Gautam Gambhir was also experimented. Shikhar Dhawan also got many opportunities. 2 of the three batsmen performed with only Shikhar Dhawan failing in his duties. With KL Rahul fitness still an issue, Karin Nair will surely be selected in the 15-memebr squad but the questions remains that will he don an international cap or not? Circumstances state that he will only get his cap if Gautam Gambhir fails in first few matches and if KL Rahul is fit for selection, then he might not be selected for 15 members squad as well.
Surely, a batsman can only perform his role of scoring runs and rest he has to just wait for circumstances. With a selection of Murali Vijay, Karun Nair, and Gautam Gambhir confirmed (taking into consideration that KL Rahul will not be fit for selection) surely Gambhir will be given preference but one can expect surprises as well.
Selectors will soon sit down to select the squad for the England Test series, the squad may be announced in parts as we saw in ODI series.
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