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  • Karun Nair focuses on South Africa A tour after Sri Lanka axe

    first_imgKarun Nair, who is only the second Indian batsman to score a triple hundred in Test cricket after Virender Sehwag, was dropped from the Test squad for India’s tour of Sri Lanka this month. India will play three Tests followed by five ODIs and one T20I against the islanders.Karun, who made way for Rohit Sharma in the 16-man squad for the Test series, said that he is disappointed to miss out on the tour but he’s focusing on India A’s tour of South Africa.”It is disappointing but 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 and looking forward to it,” Karun said in an interview to ESPNCricinfo.”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, to experience those conditions and see how it is to play cricket there. It is a stepping stone to do well and get myself back into the Test team. I am looking forward and just trying to be positive,” he added.Karun, who made his debut against England in the second Test at Mohali last year, just scored four runs and didn’t get an opportunity to bat in the second innings. He was out for just 13 in the first innings of the third Test at Mumbai as well. But, he made full use of the opportunity in the last Test of the series at Chennai and slammed an unbeaten 303 to help India beat England by an innings and 75 runs and seal the five-match series 4-0.advertisementReuters PhotoRiding on his triple century and with Rohit out injured for the Australia series as well, it was expected that Karun will seal a place in the Test side if he had a decent series against Australia. But, that was not the case. He was dropped for the first Test against the Aussies in Pune as Virat Kohli decided to go with an extra bowler. That failed miserably and India lost the match by 333 runs.He made a comeback in the second Test at Bengaluru and got off to a good start, scoring 26 before deciding to step out to Steven O’Keefe and getting stumped. That was a shot of an inexperienced batsman and in the second innings, Mitchell Starc’s inswinger tailed back in to knock off his middle stump on the first ball he faced.Reuters PhotoKarun got another start in the next match at Ranchi and he was moving along nicely. But, this time Josh Hazlewood knocked off his stumps and he departed for a 47-ball 23 — failing to make use of another opportunity to score runs. Talking about his missed opportunities, he said that he should have converted those starts into big ones.”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,” said the Karnataka batsman.Now that Rohit has returned successfully from his injury, he is expected to be selected ahead of Karun until he really performs. Not only that, Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer will also be looking for a spot in the side and push these two. Talking about the competition, Karun said that he was fortunate to play a match in the first place itself and it’s a good thing to have competition for spots.”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 like you said, the competition is very high and it’s healthy competition,” said the 25-year-old.The triple centurion also said that life has changed a bit after his match-winning knock against England in Chennai but he tries to live in the moment.”Yes, a little bit, not much. There is a difference in the way people look at you. Just trying to enjoy every moment, not looking too much at the past,” Karun said.Karun will lead India A in a the two four-day games against South Africa A from August 12 and August 19 respectively. He will also be a part of the tri-series involving Australia A, where Pandey will lead the side. The four-day games will take place after the tri-series, that ends on August 8.advertisementlast_img read more