Karun Nair has been one of the most talked about cricketers over the past few weeks after his record breaking knock of 303 not out. Thus he became only the second Indian cricketer after Virender Sehwag to notch up a triple ton and the first Indian in this debut Test series.
Life has taken an altogether different turn for him since then, as he has been able to keep the media busy with his interviews. He has found life in cricket and his resolution in the New Year of 2017 is to play for India in all the three formats.
After scoring heaps of runs in the domestic circuit, Nair finally found his chance in the third Test match against England at Mohali. Dismissed for a duck in his very first Test innings , Nair did not look disappointed at all and waited for his chance with patience.
Finally at Chennai he took his chance and his patience paid off when he scored a mammoth and an unbeaten triple century which has truly been one of its kind.
Speaking to Cricketsoccer in a recent exclusive interview, Nair talked about his knock, life and much more.
Having seen death from close quarters earlier this year, Nair has taken long strides and the lesson of taking life as it comes and living it everyday, not thinking about it too much. Perhaps that is the reason why his unfluttered reaction after his runout in his very first Test innings and his subdued celebration after his milestone knock in the fourth Test has no difference. It speaks a lot about his character and how he is as a person.
On being asked about how was the feeling about getting his first Test cap , “he said getting it from the legendary Sunil Gavaskar was a proud moment and that he would like to cherish the moment life long. Getting the Test cap from one of the former cricketers he followed was really special, he added.”
Next, on being asked about how did he prepare for the Test series, he was again his honest and usual self. Very timidly he said that he focused on the basics for his preparations. From getting the technique perfect enough to get the ideal balance as a batsman, Nair went through all these drills as his preparations for the Test series.
After his failure in the first innings, Nair scored just 13 in his second. Yet another failure, but Nair was not too worrried about it. On being asked about his first two failures in his Test career, he explained that “success and failure are part and parcel of the game, but that should not disturb your focus from your long term goal.
” I was patient and waiting for another chance which eventually presented itself in the fourth test at Chennai” he said.
Nair then explained how he went on with the business of playing the long innings, which he did while scoring those 303 unbeaten runs. According to Nair, he looked to score the first fifty, then the second, then the third and so on and never really thought of making it to 300.
“I was trying to pace my innings in order to play a long innings”, Nair said.
On being asked about how was Virat Kohli’s reaction after seeing his innings, Nair said the captain was very happy to see him play such a beautiful innings. Nair added that Kohli praised him for his patience and perseverance which he showcased during his innings.
Finally, on being asked about his chances of being selected in the ODI team for the series against England, he said that he is hopeful of making it to the ODI team and in future he wants to play all three formats.
2016 has in many ways been a life changing experience for Karun Nair where he has seen both the best and the worst. He literally fought out his way and made a mark in international cricket. Thus, it can be safely said that in Karun Nair, Indian cricket is all set to witness yet another superstar in the future who has already announced his arrival in the circuit.
Playing all three formats within next year is his New Year target as per Karun Nair. For the moment, though he has been hogging the limelight with the internet and the media, both of which just cannot seem to get enough of him.