I played my natural game today: Nair

RR batsman speaks about opening the batting during the loss to MI

Ahmedabad 19 May 2014
Chasing a challenging 179-run target, Karun Nair scored a 24-ball 48 to keep the Rajasthan Royals in the game. However, as he held up one end, wickets fell like nine pins at the other, which cost RR their fifth loss of the season.

The 22-year-old from Karnataka has carried forward his form from the Indian domestic season into the Pepsi Indian Premier League and has played a few good knocks for his team. Although he finished on the losing side against the Mumbai Indians in RR’s last home game of the season, he did put up a fight along with James Faulkner and Brad Hodge.

While speaking to, he reflected on the game and spoke about his batting performance. Nair, who bats in the middle order for Karnataka, also talked about adapting to batting at the top of the line-up and being part of the Royals franchise.

Excerpts from his interview:

What were you told when you came out to chase?

I was just looking to play my natural game and be positive. They didn’t tell me anything. They didn’t put any pressure on me. I was just told to go and play my own game.

Would you say the quick fall of wickets cost you the match?

Yes, I think so. Because if we wouldn’t have lost so many wickets in the beginning, and then in between, we would have been able to chase down the target.

What challenges did you face while adjusting to bat in the top order?

At the start, I found it a little tough because I was trying too hard, not giving myself time and trying too much at the beginning itself. So, I decided that I should just give myself time and then runs would flow.

Being a batsman of the classical mould, how have you worked for batting in T20s?

I am playing the normal cricketing shots. I am not trying too hard; I am just trying to time the ball.

What was it like to bat out there today?

I think the pitch was a bit slow. We tried our best. Having a couple of wickets in hand in the end would have made a difference.

What has been it like to be part of the RR dressing room?

The experience has been really good. They have given me a lot of opportunities and they have given me a lot of support and confidence. So, I would like to thank the management for showing so much faith in me.

Batting with someone like Shane Watson and having Rahul Dravid as a mentor, what are the things you have learnt?

I just try to pick the small things that they do on and off the field. Whenever I make a mistake, I try to go up to them and ask them about it, discuss it with them and try to improve my game.

What do you make of your IPL experience so far?

It has been good. I am trying to make good use of the opportunity I have got and I am trying to contribute to the team’s cause of winning matches. 
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