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Karun Nair could be in queue for a place in the middle order: Sanjay Bangar

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Former Indian all-rounder and batting coach Sanjay Bangar believes Karnataka batsman Karun Nair deserves a comeback into the Indian team. Bangar feels Nair’s record in domestic cricket is outstanding and that he could be in with a shout in the near future.

India’s disappointing batting performance in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand has raised a lot of doubts about the places of a few batsmen. Reports have emerged that the team management wants to try out alternatives like Hanuma Vihari in the Test series against England.

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Speaking to Cricket.com, Sanjay Bangar explained why Karun Nair might get a chance to once again feature in the Indian Test team. He also spoke about Hanuma Vihari as a viable alternative.

“Vihari has been a good investment because of his fine contributions in the past. More recently, it was his solid effort in Sydney (2021) in drawing that Test. He is a very capable batsman but one player who is in queue for the middle order could be Karun Nair because of his Test match record and also his overall first-class numbers. Karun had one or two average Test matches and he was sidelined,” Sanjay Bangar opined.

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Ajinkya Rahane would like to have himself a big series: Sanjay Bangar

Ajinkya Rahane’s sensational Boxing Day hundred that won India the MCG Test seems to be a distant memory now. He has since been inconsistent and there have been talks about him getting dropped for the England series.

However, Sanjay Bangar believes Rahane is a capable player and that he is hopeful that the Indian Test vice-captain will find some form.

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“Ajinkya has always performed when India has won a Test abroad but even he would like to have himself a big series (with complete dominance) something which has eluded him so far in his career. He has been a keen student, a very motivated player besides a thinker of the game. And, I hope in future he can score heavily in an entire series and things can get better from there for him,” Sanjay Bangar signed off.


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