I'm doing well to say my only goal: Karun Nair

MUMBAI: It is an indicator of the batting riches that India possesses today, that even a batter of the caliber of Karun Nair cannot reach the national side. Nair made his first-class debut in the 2013-14 season and immediately attracted attention, reaching three centuries in the Ranji Trophy as Karnataka won the title.

The following season, Nair reached a triple century in the Ranji final against Tamil Nadu, hit number 6 and won a call to India was only a matter of time. He did not disappoint when the opportunity came in 2016, reaching a triple century (303 *) in the final Test of the India-England series in Chennai, having made his debut in the Test previously in Mohali.

But things did not go as they should after such a promising start with Nair playing the last of his six tests in March 2017 against Australia. Although he remained in the team of 16 every time India toured abroad, the game XI was lost. Unfortunately, for him, when there were injuries to other players, the team management mysteriously summoned others who were not even on the team. Hanuma Vihari traveled to England from India after India lost in Lord’s and team management sent Dinesh Karthik and Murali Vijay back home.

However, the 28-year-old continues to dominate domestically and is a key gear in Karnataka's wheel.

He will be leading his side against Mumbai in a key Ranji Trophy game starting today at the MCA’s BKC ground and all that he’s focused on at the moment is a good showing for Karnataka.

“For me, it's 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 the team. I really want to contribute more with the bat and as captain, so that we can continue and win games, Nair said Thursday, after the net session of his team.

So, do you have another goal in mind at this time, given that batters are generally at their peak in their last 20 years? 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. So, my only approach is to do well here and contribute to Karnataka, ”he said.