Indian batsman Karun Nair will return to the Northamptonshire county team in April this year. Nair was unsold in the 2024 Indian Premier League auction and will be available to serve his county team. Nair was brought into the team by the Northamptonshire management last season, as part of the failed attempt to avoid relegation from Division 2.
However, Karun Nair played only three matches for Northamptonshire last season but was able to play 78, 150 and 21 innings respectively. According to Northamptonshire head coach John Sadler, Karun Nair was his team’s latest target.
Karun Nair to return to Northamptonshire for 2024 County Championship
In a Northamptonshire press release, John Sadler praised Karun Nair, saying his calmness, temperament and hunger to score runs last season were excellent. Sadler further stated that the team was delighted to bring him on board and that he will prove to be a great asset to the team.
John Sadler said: “Not only did he score some incredible runs for us, but his calmness, his temperament and his hunger for more runs were excellent. “We are delighted to have him back on board with us and I am sure he will be a huge asset to us again this season.”
Karun Nair’s availability for the county championships was not confirmed in mid-December as he was expected to be picked by a team in the 2024 Indian Premier League auction. Nair has committed to play the first seven games for Northamptonshire after of not having been sold in the IPL 2024 auction.
Karun Nair said after his second season at Northamptonshire: “I am delighted to be returning to Northamptonshire for another season in County Championship cricket. Our goal is to win games and get promoted and I’m excited to continue with the bat and help the team get wins. I would like to thank the coach and the captain for believing in me and giving me this wonderful opportunity. “I was really happy with my form last season and I hope I can hit the ground running and get some big runs on the board.”
Karun Nair will be replaced by fellow Indian Prithvi Shaw, who has agreed to return in the second half of the English summer. Shaw had a successful season with Northants last year and missed the season due to his ACL injury.
Karun Nair has played a total of 6 Test matches for India and has scored 374 runs at an average of 62.33. However, of them, 303 came in a match, which is the highest score of Nair’s Test career. Nair was supposed to be one of the permanent members of the Indian Test team, however, the batsman was excluded from the team due to his poor form.
Karun Nair played his last test match in the year 2017 against Australia in 2017. Due to increasing competition in the Indian cricket team, Nair could not find his place again in the Indian team and now he is also out of the consideration of the selectors. .