Following an inconsistent home season in 2019-20, Karun Nair is trying to start the new season afresh and with a clear slate.
After that includes in only one match for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL) final yr, the Karnataka middle-order batsman started the home season on a excessive. In the Duleep Trophy, he piled up 375 runs from three matches, which included an unbeaten 166 to emerge the highest run-getter of the event.
Just when issues appeared promising, he had a mediocre run in Karnataka’s Mushtaq Ali T20 title triumph, returning 203 runs in eight innings. But his efficiency actually dipped in the Vijay Hazare Trophy which adopted as he scored a measly 66 runs from six outings.
Now in the UAE for the IPL, the 28-year-old is trying forward. Back to coaching after a five-month pandemic-induced break, Karun is raring to showcase an improved model of himself.
Karun, who captained Karnataka to the semifinals of the Ranji Trophy earlier this yr, has usually been weighed down by expectations that come up from his unbeaten triple ton in opposition to England, a mark he notched in the fifth Test in Chennai in December 2016.
He is aware of the report of being solely the second Indian to breach the 300-barrier in Test cricket is his for retains. However, as an alternative of trying again at what was, he’s now trying forward at what will be.
After a gruelling season, Karun believes the break gave him sufficient time to replicate on his recreation and life. “The break helped me work on what I can do differently from what I’ve done in the past few seasons,” Karun mentioned. “I used the time well to think about the various aspects of my game and life in general. It helped me better myself.”
Asked if the previous season would weigh on his thoughts when he goes out to bat once more, Karun mentioned, “It would have weighed on me if I had gone straight into the IPL season. But, these five months helped me shed those memories. It feels like the start of something new and not the continuation of a season. I’m sure the hard work will pay off.”
The addition of spinners Okay Gowtham and J Suchith this season, takes the tally of Karnataka gamers in the Punjab franchise to 5, which in response to Karun is a consolation issue.
“It helps to have (KL) Rahul as the captain because we have played cricket together for so long and understand each other’s game. He knows what to expect from us. As a team we are looking forward to putting in our best efforts and winning the trophy,” Karun mentioned.
The different benefit for Karun can be the presence of former India captain Anil Kumble at the helm of cricket operations. Karun made his India debut when Kumble was coach of the nationwide staff. “He gave me my international debut and I made my landmark score with him at the helm. I take those good and positive memories with me into the IPL.”
Last month Karun suffered a minor setback when he examined constructive for Covid-19. Speaking in public for the first time about his an infection, Karun mentioned, “The virus reacts differently in each person. For a few days I had fever and mild chest congestion, but was fine in a week. It is about being healthy and fit and I’m sure as a nation, we’ll beat the virus soon.”