India announced the squad for the Test series against West Indies. Shikhar Dhawan was dropped from the team and it came as no surprise as he fared poorly in Test series against England. But surprisingly Karun Nair was dropped from the team as well. And Nair’s absence has stirred the cricket world. While former cricketers and analysts have questioned this decision, fans have sympathized with him on Twitter.
Nair was part of India’s Test squad for the England series but he wasn’t included in the team for any Tests. In the first four Tests, India played five batsmen and Hardik Pandya as an all-rounder and when the team finally played six batsmen, the opportunity was given to Hanuma Vihari. Nair, on the other hand, did nothing except for warming benches.
And now surprisingly, the selectors have dropped the right-hand batsman from the squad when technically he didn’t even get any chance to show his performance.
Instead, the selectors have retained Hanuma Vihari who is prolific run-scorer in domestic cricket and was also impressive on his debut against England.
Nair spoke with an online news portal after BCCI announced the squad for West Indies series. He admitted that there was no communication from the team management.
He said, “No, we haven’t had any conversations. Nothing at all. It is difficult, but I haven’t gone forth and asked anything, but yeah, we haven’t had any conversation.”
The decision of Nair’s omission was a surprise to cricket analysts as well as fans. And soon Twitter was flooded with reactions that sympathized with the right-hand batsman and also questioned selectors’ thinking process.