On Monday the Karnatka batsman Robin Uthappa was left out from the team travelling to Visakhapatnam to play their Ranji Trophy quarterfinal against Tamil Nadu Team .
On the other hand, the addition of KL Rahul, Manish Pandey and Karun Nair provides them the boost ahead of the big clash. Rahul, Manish and Karun, who have been part of the Indian team playing against England, will depart directly from Chennai to Visakhapatnam, though the rest of the 13-man team will finish their five-day preliminary camp at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium and go away on Tuesday.
Karnataka State Cricket Assocciation (KSCA) chairman of selectors R Sudhakar Rao said, “The newcomers have done well and it would have been unfair to drop them, so we have taken the decision keeping the future of Karnataka cricket in mind. With the three batsmen back, selection was a tough process. We collectively decided to rest Robin since we couldn’t play him in the XI ”
“Last year, at the start of the season, he was trying out a few things. After a point, I told him to stop focussing on that and focus on making runs. Soon after that, he started making runs. Even this season, I was hoping something like that would happen.”
“There is nothing wrong with his batting, but sometimes numbers matter, especially when people are waiting to get a chance. It’s just the numbers,” Rao said.
Karnataka team :
Vinay Kumar (capt), KL Rahul, R Samarth, Manish Pandey, Karun Nair (vice-capt), Stuart Binny, CM Gautam (wk), Kaunain Abbas, Abhimanyu Mithun, S Aravind, K Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Pavan Deshpande, Abrar Kazi, David Mathias, Mayank Agarwal.