374 runs Karun Nair scored in his first six Test matches (seven innings), 303 came in his career-defining Test against England in Chennai in December last year. The other six innings yielded 71.
Likewise, of the 281 runs (14 matches) which came off his blade during the Indian Premier League this year, 117 were scored in 13 matches.
“Captaincy has never affected my batting because when I go out to bat I move into my own space and also,the mindset does that change. Having said that, it is an additional responsibility and I have done well as a captain in the past,” he reasoned. Asked on how he balances the highs and lows in the highly competitive Indian dressing room, Karun explained, “It is about managing emotions and being mentally neutral. When I hit a low, I’m happy my mind is stable. Good or bad times don’t last forever. You just have to take them in your stride and look at making the most of the next opportunity ,” Karun added.
With the tour clashing with India’s tour of Sri Lanka which is scheduled to beginning in the third week of July , the SA sojourn may well mean that Karun will not find a place in the senior team for the Lanka series. Karun, who made his Test debut last year, isn’t thinking much about the prospect of missing out on an opportunity with the senior side. “I think it is early to say I’m not being considered. Also, I don’t think too much about selection processes. I just believe in going out there and allowing my performance to speak for me.”