Abhinav Mukund optimistic as ever

Abhinav Mukund, captaining India Red in Duleep Trophy, sounded confident of making international comeback.

Abhinav Mukund, captain of India Red, during a practice session at NPR College ground, Natham on Monday.   -  B. Jothi Ramalingam

An inconsistent Test career has been the norm for out-of-favour India opener Abhinav Mukund but the southpaw isn’t deterred by the turn of events and hasn't lost hope.

On the eve of the Duleep Trophy final at NPR College Ground in Natham, the opening batsman, leading India Red, sounded confident of a comeback in international colours. “I always feel selection is never in my control. In fact, it never is. All I have to do is play well, play consistently and a couple of good innings will put me back under the selectors radar,” he said with a smile.

In the ongoing tournament, Abhinav doesn’t have an innings of repute under his belt. “I have got some starts but failed to convert them. I did get a 50 against India Blue but I wasn’t able to carry on. I am confident of playing a long innings very soon and getting those big numbers under my belt,” he added.

The 28-year-old has just 320 runs from seven Test matches with an average of 22.85 and a highest score of 81, which he collected in the second innings against Sri Lanka in Galle in 2017 but soon lost out his spot. While the numbers aren’t sufficient to impress the selectors, Abhinav feels planning holds no good when a season starts. “I usually don’t plan anything or don’t set targets. All I need to do is score runs and play long innings and consistently do the right things day in and day out.”

“The one thing that I can plan is my preparation and I have been doing it well now. The rest isn’t in my hands,” he added.

The new domestic season has just begun and Abhinav will have to make the most of the season to pique the interest of the selectors.