India vs Windies: Virat Kohli clears the air over Karun Nair’s exclusion
He was benched throughout the England Test series and was dropped from the squad.
Updated - Oct 3, 2018 1:57 pm
Indian cricket has transformed tremendously over the years. It can largely be attributed to a robust domestic structure where the players get a lot of exposure and the much-needed game time. This has resulted in a larger pool of players who are capable of representing India at the highest level. The competition has become so intense that for every position there are 2-3 players breathing down the neck. As a result, there can be few players who feel left out and frustrated for not having been provided with ample opportunities and one of them is Karun Nair.
He is only the second Indian player after Virender Sehwag to register a triple century in Test cricket. But since then, he hasn’t featured in too many games for India in spite of being consistent at the domestic level. Nair warmed the bench throughout the five-match Test series in England and was subsequently left out of the squad for the series against the Windies.
Questions were being raised from various experts over his exclusion. India captain Virat Kohli, on Wednesday, asserted that it is not his space to comment on Karun Nair’s controversial omission from the Test squad and contrary to the growing belief, all decisions are not being made from “one place”.
Captain does not select the squad
“Selectors have already spoken about it and it is not my place to say. There are selectors doing their job. You can conveniently merge everything and make it a circle where everyone is doing their job and not focusing on what people are saying on the outside,” Kohli said on the eve of the series-opener against the Windies. The Indian skipper refused to comment in this matter and also added that it was not his job to select the squad.
“People should also realise that it is not a joint thing everywhere. That is the confusion right now where people are combining everything and thinking everything is happening from one place which is not true,” he added. Kohli also dismissed the perception that the captain has a significant say in selection matters.
India are set to play a two-match Test series against the Windies starting on October 4th at the Saurashtra Cricket Stadium in Rajkot. The management has named a 12-man squad ahead of the game with Prithvi Shaw, the U19 World Cup winning captain, is all set to make his debut for the national side.