India vs Bangladesh: Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble's biggest headache will be to accommodate India's new batting sensation Karun Nair in the middle-order.
When India will take the field against Bangladesh on February 9 for one-off Test match, Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble will face a huge task of picking the best final XI. While most of the slots are taken, their biggest headache will be to accommodate India’s new batting sensation Karun Nair in the middle-order.
Ideally, when a batsman scores a triple-century in Test cricket, he would believe that he has secured his place in the side for at least few months but unfortunately, that isn’t the case with the Karnataka batsman. The reason for that is Karun Nair was blooded into the side only because Ajinkya Rahane got injured but now that the Indian vice-captain is fit again, he will return to the playing XI.
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Since Virat Kohli has adopted the five specialist batsmen formula, Karun Nair will find it tough to make it into the side of Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane , leaving him to warm the bench.
Nair became only the second Indian batsman after Virender Sehwag to cross the 300-run mark in Test cricket. However, there is one way through which Kohli can play both Nair and Rahane. This can happen if the Indian captain and coach decide to drop a bowler in favour of playing an extra batsman but when you look at the options, it is a tough call to make.
Given that India will two fast bowlers along with R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, it leaves Karun Nair competing with Jayant Yadav for the final spot in the team. However, Yadav not only had a good series with the ball against England but also contributed with the bat in the lower order including a century. So, again he is unlikely to be dropped. As unfortunate as it is, the road is tough for the youngster who lived his wildest dream just few days ago.