Karun Nair led Board President’s XI in their two-day warm-up match against the touring West Indies side in Vadodara. @ AFP
Karun Nair led Board President’s XI in their two-day warm-up match against the touring West Indies side in Vadodara. @ AFP

Karun Nair’s omission from the India’s Test squad that will face West Indies has raised quite a few eyebrows. Nair, who warmed up the bench for most of the time during his recent tour of England, did not even make the cut when Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan were dropped. Instead, young Hanuma Vihari was picked for the final Test at the Oval.

Former chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil is yet to come to terms with the decision. In fact, he knows what it is to sit out of a series. Patil was part of the Kapil Dev’s Indian team in England during the 1986 tour, but did not make the playing XI in any of the three Tests.

“I feel hurt for Nair. He has not done anything wrong to be dropped… I really feel sad for him,” Patil told Mid-Day.

“Look, I know what he is capable of. I have seen him from close quarters ever since I was at the National Cricket Academy [as director). When we had matches against Karnataka, Nair would always be part of the XI and score runs."

Nair led Board President’s XI in their two-day warm-up match against the touring West Indies side in Vadodara. Patil was left wondering what more can Nair, a triple centurion against England in Chennai in 2016, do to earn a Test cap.

"Is it his fault for scoring a triple century? I don't like criticising selectors, but I can't understand this selection policy. On one hand, you back a guy like Hardik Pandya and on the other, you don't persist with a player of abundant ability. Nair is a player who should be backed," added Patil.

Patil also reckoned opener Murali Vijay was not given a fair outing in England. "Two games and Vijay was out! I am happy for Prithvi Shaw [who got picked in the squad after the third Test in England], but then you don’t play him,” he said.