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Karun Nair to take over captaincy from injured skipper Vinay Kumar

Karun Nair
India’s batsman Karun Nair. (Photo by JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Karun Nair will be the skipper for the Karnataka Ranji Trophy side as they take on Delhi in the round two of the upcoming Ranji Trophy encounter. Reports suggest that skipper Vinay Kumar would be ruled out of action following a calf injury he sustained whilst bowling in the match against Jharkhand. This means that Karun Nair would be making his debut as skipper in the all-important encounter against Delhi.

Nair has been a part of the Karnataka Ranji Trophy side for the most part of the last two years. He has also been a prominent part of Karnataka’s well-documented rise in Indian cricket in recent times. Moreover, the 24-year old has been called into arms with the Indian team on several occasions in the past. He featured for the Indians in the tour of Zimbabwe, a place where he impressed quite a bit with his batting acumen.

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Nair also was recently called up to the Indian side following an injury to Shikhar Dhawan in the recently concluded Test series against New Zealand which ended in a clean sweep.

“I think it’s a huge honor for me to be captaining Karnataka. It’s a huge state and a lot of legends have led Karnataka. I’m really honored to lead Karnataka and I want to express myself and do my best,” Nair said on the eve of the game.

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“We will surely miss him but I think there are others that can take up his role and they are really excited to do well,” Nair said when asked about Vinay’s absence.

Karnataka is currently placed seventh on the table after picking up three points against Jharkhand in their opening encounter. Delhi and Rajasthan are currently the toppers of the table.

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