The wicket keeper-batsman has seemingly resurrected his career and his marvelous performance against Bangladesh in the final of Nidahas Trophy 2018. Karthik’s superb knock of 29 from just eight balls including a six, was certainly the highlight of the match.
However, in the journey of being such a successful cricketer, Karthik has undergone quite a few rough patches in his life. And the person who changed his life game and dragged him out of his comfort zone was none other than Abhishek Nayar.
Nayar has spoke about how he has helped Karthik in his low times.
It was summer 2016, during the IPL 2016 edition, when Mumbai cricketer Abhishek stayed with Karthik as he was going through hopelessness. There, the resurrection journey of Karthik, started.
Nayar made Karthik stay in a room which he called as a “torture room” so as to make him confident and comfortable even out of his comfort zone.
“It was a torture room for Karthik. He is used to the good life. He stays in a bungalow back home in Chennai. But when he came to me, I wanted to take him to a zone where he’d never been before. It was tough and he would get angry on occasions. One time he begged me to let him go spend a night at a hotel. But I didn’t relent”.
That was the phase when Karthik feared that his career in cricket is going to end.
Nayar also opened up on Karthik’s then denting confidence:
“He hadn’t had a good Ranji season back then and he’d seen his stocks drop from Rs 9 crore the previous season to Rs 2 crore in the IPL auction, being picked by Gujarat Lions. It was a moment he (Karthik) felt that if he fails this time then no team will show him interest again”.
This mentor-pupil relationship between Nayar and Karthik might hardly be known to all. But this all began when in 2016 Nayar roped in a local coach named Apoorv Desai and planned the training schedule for Karthik.
He recalls by telling:
“In the afternoons, we used to train twice. We used to gym, then do batting, sometimes even meditation. Then we’d work on batting visualization techniques, which he still follows in international cricket, and as it turned out he did well for Gujarat Lions that season”.