MSK Prasad on Karun Nair’s exclusion: The Chief Selector has finally spoken about Karun Nair’s exclusion from the Test team.
After putting in the hard yards in domestic cricket for several years, Karnataka’s Karun Nair is gaining plentiful of opinions these days, albeit in a context contrary to what he would have initially thought of.
Nair, 26, has walked a tough path of ignorance in the last series or so. After being named in India’s Test squad for the series against England, Nair was pinned down by Hanuma Vihari for the middle-order position in the last Test at The Oval. In a move which surprised a lot of people, it saw Vihari scoring a half-century on debut in testing conditions to further stake his claim.
Since the squad comprises of less number of players in a home series, Nair was shown the door. From scoring a triple century a couple of years ago to failing with the bat to not even been given an opportunity to prove himself, Nair was hard done by.
There were reports of no communication from the selectors (to Nair), which further added fuel to the whole episode. However, chief selector MSK Prasad has finally revealed that he had a word with Nair and had laid emphasis on him piling on the runs in domestic cricket in a bid to walk back into the Test team.
“I personally spoke to Karun soon after the selection of the Test team against the West Indies and also told the ways to make a comeback. The selection committee is very, very clear with regard to the communication process. He will have to keep on piling runs in Ranji Trophy and whatever India A series is there.
“Karun is very much in the scheme of things for Test cricket. Right now, we have advised him to focus on performing in domestic and India A matches”, Prasad told PTI.
Prasad was also vocal about the selection committee communicating on a regular basis with the players. “Communication has always been the strong point of this committee. It’s really tough to inform any unpleasant news to any player. You need to have valid reasons to explain them about their exclusion though they may not agree with it.
“Having said that, we are very clear and candid in our communication process. My colleague Devang Gandhi spoke to Karun Nair at length in England to keep him motivated and wait for his opportunities”, Prasad added.
Below are some of the Twitter reactions on the whole issue:
Karun Nair sits out 6 Tests
Misses out on India A
Overlooked for Vihari (who is picked for India A scores)
Nair is dropped for WI Tests and has no fc cricket to win his spot back till Nov
So he misses playing v Eng, WI and Aus (?) with no chance to prove himself
Spare a thought
— Sidvee (@sidvee) September 30, 2018
Reading Vengsarkar & Sandeep Patil lambasting selectors for dropping Karun Nair. Can they find out who was the coach of the Indian team when Nair was dropped after scoring a triple hundred against England at Madras?
— Makarand Waingankar (@wmakarand) October 1, 2018
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja_Real) October 1, 2018
There are two people I feel terrible for currently. Karun Nair, for being axed without being given a fair opportunity, and Shardul Thakur, who knows whatever he does, he will only warm the bench. Why pick him then?
— Shashank Kishore (@captainshanky) September 29, 2018
Here is the perception problem.
Career TOTAL test runs of
MSK Prasad = 106
Devang Gandhi = 204
Karun Nair’s high score in one inning = 303
You need a Gavaskar or Sehwag on the panel.#IndiavsWindies: Selector MSK Prasad Explains Why #KarunNair Was Dropped.https://t.co/PScIP8tk58 pic.twitter.com/vbmsxpCrhZ
— Ravi Mantha (@rmantha2) October 1, 2018
To borrow from Alice in Wonderland, Karun Nair’s case gets ‘’curiouser and curiouser’’…
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) September 30, 2018
Big Question today…Dhoni as what in the team…let’s discuss n see what Virat and Rohit has to say about Dhoni…and one big Controversy..Is Karun Nair over even before he has started…Who is Lying…karun or Selector #ckb at 7pm on @indiatvnews @SGanguly99 @ImRo45 @imVkohli
— Samip Rajguru (@samiprajguru) October 1, 2018
Rohit Sharma scores 200+ 3 times in ODI if even given fair chance he will score the highest test score in test match too.. unfair MSK Prasad what is your selection team doing.. Team Management this sad… Karun Nair again unlucky and disappointing BCCI needs to step in…
— firstname.lastname@example.org (@AranhaAlwyn) October 1, 2018
Recently, @karun126 Karun Nair: No communication from selection panel/team management.
MSK Prasad (PTI): My colleague Devang Gandhi spoke to Karun Nair at length in England to keep him motivated.
What’s the truth? #karunnair #ViratKohli
— Unnikrishnan (@unni1974) October 1, 2018