"Trying to improve one's self and learning the subtle nuances of the game is an ongoing process. I am trying to improve my game and take it to the next level. I don't want to pressurise myself with thoughts of India call-up. Obviously, that's (India call-up) what you dream for but right now, I want to focus on my skills," 22-year-old Karun said.
Karun, though, has taken his first big step towards realising his ultimate goal -- to don India jersey. He has been selected as one of the probables for the India Emerging (U-23) side that will tour Australia later this year.
"The camp will start from June 5 and I am preparing myself for that," the soft-spoken youngster said.
An interaction with him would tell you that he has his feet firmly rooted to the ground despite having a good IPL season with 330 runs in 11 games at an impressive strike-rate of 142.24.
"I am not fully happy with my performance. Yes, I have got runs in some of the matches but I would have liked to get a few more runs. Also the fact that we couldn't qualify for the play-offs hurts," said the Bangalore boy, who has had scores of 73 no, 44, 56, 48 and 50 to show for his efforts as an opener.
"Actually, this is the first season where I got so many chances but I have played for RCB earlier also. I am happy that I could showcase my skills. I need to thank the Royals management for the faith that they showed in my abilities. I didn't get runs in the first few matches but I got a lot of encouragement," he said.


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