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Certain things in life are meant to happen: Karun Nair

India Today logo India Today 22-12-2016

Had it not been for Ajinkya Rahane's injury, Karun Nair would still have been waiting for his Test debut. But for destiny's child Karun, perhaps things were meant to take a positive turn before the close of 2016.

Back in Bangalore for a day after the Chennai Test win, Karun is now busy signing bats with 303 not out written on them. The date 19th December, 2016 has changed Karun's life for ever.

"It's still to sink in. Its just been two days and I am leaving for the Ranji quarters again. I haven't got much time to think about it," he tells India Today in an exclusive interview.

"The selfie requests, congratulatory WhatsApps are lot more than usual. I am quite enjoying it," he says. Karun took the five hour Chennai - Bangalore road route and escaped the airport fan frenzy he would have faced after creating history.

We reminded him of how his is only the third Indian innings to get to 300 and how he is only the third after Gary Sobers (West Indies) and Bob Simpson (Australia) to convert his maiden century into a triple hundred. "When people start talking about it, you realize the enormity of this. When people come to you to say how big this is," he says.

Having stared at death right in its face with his boat accident, Karun calls this his second life. "I just think god's grace. I was lucky to survive otherwise there was no escaping that. I feel lucky God has been kind he has given another chance to live," he says.

Now having survived to live another day, setbacks in the game don't fluster him, achievements don't necessarily call for a euphoria. "I feel certain things in life are meant to happen. Maybe that's the case with the 300," he says.

Call it a fortunate stroke of serendipity, it was coach Anil Kumble who asked Karun's parents to come over to watch the match live even before it began. His mother who could never watch him live earlier, saw him rewrite record books. Kumble wouldn't know what promoted him to invite the parents to come but they cannot thank him for it. "Was very happy to make them proud," says Karun.

England's two dropped catches and the missed stumping on route to his 300 strengthen the theory of destiny. "The harder you work the luckier you get" Karun explains his reading of fate. And adds, "It was one of those days."

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