Only the second Indian to score a triple-century in Test cricket – Karun Nair will go down as one of the unluckiest cricketers of the modern generation. Despite tons and tons of runs in domestic cricket, Karun has found it difficult to make inroads into the Indian team for an unknown reason. However, the cricketer downplays all the snubs with a rise smile on the face and stresses on doing his job.
A Test average of over 63 and a first-class average of 48.12 – Kaun Nair has been the face of Karnataka cricket. He has led the team from the front, who made a double of Vijay Hazare Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy before losing to Bengal in the semifinals of Ranji Trophy. Karun played a significant role with the bat in the middle-order helping his state to go from strength to strength.
A stalwart in his own field, Karun Nair credited former India skipper Rahul Dravid for playing a significant role in his career. Karun and Dravid have worked in close quarters in two Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises — Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils. Dravid was the mentor at both franchises when Karun rose to national prominence.
“I think he (Rahul Dravid) has played a big role in me becoming the cricketer that I am today, because he was the one who gave me the opportunity in the IPL for Rajasthan Royals. For a legend like him to show so much faith and trust in a domestic cricketer like me, was really satisfying, it was a wake-up call to tell me, that I do belong in the IPL.
I can play in the IPL. It was really encouraging, and a confidence boost for me, to get an opportunity under him,” he said in a YouTube interview on Cow Corner Chronicles.
Karun Nair, who still awaits an opportunity since his last Test match in 2017 against Australia in Dharamsala will hope to continue with the good work in whatever opportunities come his way.