Thursday, March 30, 2023

Ranji Trophy: Karun Nair not included in Karnataka squad for opening two matches

For the primary time since he made his debut in 2013-14, Karun Nair has been dropped from the Karnataka red-ball squad, forward of its opening two Ranji Trophy encounters in opposition to Companies and Pondicherry in Bengaluru.

The 31-year-old, solely the second Indian Check batter to attain a triple-century, has had a forgettable few years. First neglected for the white-ball codecs this season, Karun now finds himself out of the reckoning in red-ball cricket too.

“Dear cricket, give me one more chance,” Karun tweeted on Saturday, however with the choice panel led by Fazal Khaleel seemingly keen to construct the Karnataka aspect for the long run – as seen from the inclusions of Nikin Jose and 18-year-old Vishal Onat within the 15-man checklist – it could be some time till Karun is reconsidered.

That is Onat’s maiden call-up and has been rewarded for his exploits within the Cooch Behar U-19 Trophy the place he has scored 575 runs in 5 league-stage matches, with a highest rating of 296.

Jose, 20, has been in splendid type of late, raking up 447 runs at a mean of 55.87 within the lately concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy. Within the lengthy format, he topped the batting charts within the KSCA first division league with 715 runs.

Batter Devdutt Padikkal, who’s recovering from an sickness, was not included whereas speedster Prasidh Krishna, who has been out of motion due to a again harm, is but to be declared match-fit.

The Mayank Agarwal-led aspect will start its marketing campaign in opposition to Companies beginning on Tuesday.

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