NOT THAT any injury is good news, but Karnataka’s star batsman Karun Nair must be thanking his stars. The 23-year-old has been called up to replace the injured Murali Vijay in India’s third and final Test match against Sri Lanka at the SSC.
Nair, who is a regular feature in Karnataka’s star-studded batting line-up, had an impressive outing in the side’s last domestic season. His record-breaking triple hundred against Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy final is what probably caught the selectors’ attention. At least, that’s what Nair seems to believe.
"I got the news an hour back and I am feeling really great. It's a dream come true for me. I have been batting really well and have been converting my starts so I am in a good frame of mind. It is a dream for every player to represent your country and am really excited and looking forward to the opportunity" Karun told TOI shortly after news of his selection broke out.
Karun had a successful last season with his IPL franchise, Rajasthan Royals. His solid stroke play in the middle order helped the Royals at crucial junctures. Two centuries in the 2013-14 Ranji season brought Nair to limelight. But in the following season, the youngster had to endure a lean patch, getting those starts but not converting them to big scores.
"It was frustrating at the start but I knew I was just one innings away," Karun spoke of his lean phase.
And so it happened. It was an important final for Karnataka, who were looking for their second successive Ranji Trophy title. Nair rose to the occasion, becoming only the second player in Ranji history to score a triple ton.
Nair last scored a century for India A against South Africa A in the first unofficial Test at Waynad. He will be hoping to continue his good run, should he be included in the playing eleven on Friday.