Mumbai: Indian squad for the upcoming Test series against West Indies has been announced and the one surprising thing was the omission of Karun Nair. Nair, who was part of the squad for the entire England tour without getting a game, was dropped from the 15 members squad announced yesterday.
Speaking to the journalists, Chief Selector MSK Prasad said,” We decided to drop some players after the England tour due to their poor performances there. Dhawan and Vijay were dropped because they failed to provide consistent starts at the top and Karun Nair was dropped for failing to do his duty of carrying water bottles effectively.”
When asked how did Nair fail in carrying water, he said,” The water must reach the players at the right temperature to satiate their thirst and to energise them. We saw that the water was too hot by the time it reached the players from the fridge in the dressing room. That means Nair was moving too slowly while carrying the drinks out so we had to drop him on fitness grounds.”
Asked if there is a way back for Nair in the team, Mr. Prasad said,” Obviously, the door is always open. He has to learn to move fast while carrying water bottles and hopefully he practices that after this wakeup call. Once he is ready, we will conduct an H2O test, similar to the Yo-Yo test but for players on the bench. If he manages to pass that, he can always be included to carry drinks during the Australian tour.”
Meanwhile, new inclusion Mayank Agarwal was seen running around a stadium with 6 water bottles in his hand as he prepares for the series against West Indies.