Mayank Agarwal is rewarded for his hard work, his absence from Karnataka is an opportunity for others: Karun Nair

MUMBAI: Mayank Agarwal absence of his crucial Ranji Trophy The game against Mumbai will be an opportunity for others to prove themselves, said Karnataka captain Karun Nair, who attributed the success of the India Test opener to years of constant hard work.

Karnataka will miss Mayank's services, as he is ready to leave for New Zealand with team A on January 10 and BCCI has requested to exempt him from Ranji's next game.

Mayank is a great player, but (his absence) opens an opportunity for someone else to come and take advantage of his opportunity, said Nair, who has played six test games for India.

In his short international career, Mayank has already scored two double hundreds and Nair, who has watched the first Indian Test match from very close since its inception, on Thursday paid a brilliant tribute.

I think Mayank has always been a hardworking cricketer, so I think it was time for hard work to be worth it, Nair said.

It is only because of his hard work that he (Agarwal) is fine now and I don't think he has changed much.

It's just that with the careers he earned, his confidence also improved and then, as a hitter's confidence plays such an important role, it's all due to his hard work (rather) consistent hard work that is reaping the rewards.

Mayank, 28, has played nine test games so far, scoring 872 races, with three hundred and fifty years. He has reached two double hundreds, with a higher score of 243 against Bangladesh in Indore.

Nair, he himself has a triple of one hundred in his name for India, but he last played a Test in March 2017 against Australia in Dharamshala.

For me it is about playing each game at the same time and trying to contribute as much as I can to Karnataka and trying to win games for Karnataka, he said.

"And that is what I am trying to do this season and looking forward to try and contribute more with the bat and as captain, so that we can go on and win games and all of us are looking to win the Ranji Trophy , so that's our ultimate goal."

When asked if he was looking beyond that, Nair replied: Not really, because it is important for me to concentrate first on what is happening here and whatever has to happen, I have no control over that. My only approach is to do well here and contribute to Karnataka.