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Good to be back at the Rajasthan Royals: Karun Nair and KC Cariappa | Cricket News



MUMBAI: Karnataka’s duo of trendy batter Karun Nair and thriller spinner KC Cariappa are back in the Rajasthan Royals camp for IPL 2022 and are wanting ahead to contributing to the crew’s success.
“Obviously a lot of things have changed since when I was here (at the Royals) first, but this team always feels like home to me. We have a well-balanced side, and I’m enjoying getting to know all the guys here. It’s an exciting phase in the history of this franchise and I’m looking forward to playing an exciting brand of cricket, which I know the Royals always strive to do,” expressed the 30-year-old Nair, who has additionally just lately this 12 months, develop into a father.
On the different hand, right-arm orthodox spinner Cariappa, who has spent the final two seasons with the franchise, is wanting ahead to working with two of India’s main spinners. “It’s obviously good to be back at the Royals – my second home. There’s a new feeling around the camp, which is obviously also down to the fact that we’ve got a solid team. I’m really looking forward to working with both Ashwin bhai and Chahal. I’ve known Yuzi for a long time and have enjoyed interacting with him over the years. Whereas, with a legend like Ashwin bhai in the team, it’s a great thing for me to learn and improve my bowling by taking inputs from him,” mentioned the 27-year-old.
Having performed with Royals’ skipper Sanju Samson earlier than in the IPL, Nair says he is excited to play along with his ‘good pal’. He mentioned, “I’ve always loved playing with Sanju so I can’t wait to reconnect with him on the ground. We’ve had some really good partnerships over the years and I’m really happy to know Sanju, along with Kumar (Sangakkara) and Zubin (Bharucha), have shown the faith in me to bring me back into the team.”
Cariappa, on the different hand, believes the expertise gained with the Royals throughout the previous couple of seasons, has helped him cement a spot at his stateside. “I think the best part has been that I’ve been able to get into the Ranji team as well. I’ve always played white ball cricket, but playing the three formats is a good feeling, and I think what has helped me the most has been the knowledge and experience I’ve been able to gain through working with the Royals,” he mentioned.
Despite having had an awesome begin to his IPL profession, scoring 330 runs for the Royals at a strike fee of 142.24 in 2014, and having performed for just a few extra franchises consequently, Nair has been unfortunate when it comes to establishing himself as a mainstay in T20 cricket. “In my opinion, the reason behind that is that I’ve never been the kind of a main player in a team in T20 cricket. If you see, whenever I score runs, there’s someone else who scores better in the same match (laughs). But I’m not really bothered about that at all – all I care about and why I play matches is to help the team win.”
“On a more serious note, why people don’t see me as a T20 specialist is because I’ve been asked to play different kind of roles over the years, and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But I’m hoping to have a great season with the Royals and just focus on whatever I’m told to do,” Nair added.
With two different Karnataka teammates in children Devdutt Padikkal and Prasidh Krishna additionally current at the Royals, each Nair and Cariappa are at present having fun with their time round the group. “Having my home boys, Devdutt, Prasidh and Karun here is good. They’re top players and bring a new dimension to our team. I’m certainly enjoying having them here at the Royals.”


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