Karun Nair was dropped from test squad for series against West Indies. The way he was dropped from the team is baffling, said senior cricketer Dileep Vengsarkar. He is one of the players who scored a triple century in the test format and he just played three tests more for the country.
He was called into the team for five-test series against England but did not get a chance to perform in that series whereas Hanuma Vihari was called into the team for the fourth test against England. For the series against West Indies, Karun Nair was dropped and Hanuma Vihari was called into the squad.
Vengsarkar said that “The way Karun has been dropped is quite baffling, to say the least,”
“He scored a triple century in a Test against England at home not so long ago. Scoring a triple ton in any grade of cricket is an outstanding feat and not many have scored a triple ton in Test cricket.”
Vengsarkar played 116 tests and led the team as well. He represented the team from 1976-1992. He felt that elimination of Karun Nair from the team is very mean and this is not fair treatment for a Karnataka batsman. This is not the right way to treat a triple centurion like this.
“However, since then, he has been out of the playing eleven, and even when he was in the squad, Vihari was flown in from India and was preferred to Karun for the last Test at the Oval, which I feel is not only demeaning for the batsman but most unfair. Only the wise men of Indian cricket can explain why such a treatment is being meted out to a Test triple centurion. The entire case is quite intriguing,”
On the other hand, he supported the selection of Mohammed Siraj into the team. He said that it is very crucial for the career of Siraj. He took 25 wickets from three unofficial test matches against South Africa A and Australia A.
Vengsarkar said, “It’s very important to select the player when he is at the peak of his career, and Siraj, who did exceptionally well for India A, got picked at the right time,” he concluded.