Happy to have played a full season without injury: Abhishek Nayar

Abhishek Nayar

Key Mumbai batting all-rounder Abhishek Nayar is happy that he has been able to play a full season without suffering an injury that hampered his progress during previous seasons, and is focused on the Ranji Trophy final against Saurashtra commencing here on January 26.

"I am happy with the way things have gone this season. Last year, I had a good season as well but I got injured in the middle, had a fractured thumb. This year, touchwood, everything has been alright," Nayar told reporters today at the Wankhede Stadium.

"(I) can't remember the last time I played the whole season. Just hoping for the best and doing what I can do and trying my best," said the 29-year-old left-handed batsman and right arm medium pacer ahead of the title contest at Wankhede.

The Secunderabad-born cricketer has been in a prolific form this season - mustering 940 runs in 10 games at an impressive average of 104. He has scored three hundreds and 8 half-centuries in 16 innings in which he was unbeaten 7 times.

Asked about the missed chances to score more tons, Nayar said while he would have been happy to have got more centuries, he was pleased with his consistency this season.

"Of course I wish I had 8 hundreds. Everyone wants to get a hundred but sometimes it does not work out. But I am happy I have been consistent, that's the key. I got big 100s lat year and I thought I was consistent but this year I have been more consistent. It's something that is more satisfying."

Nayar had played three ODIs in 2009 without having many opportunities to bat and was looking forward to another India call-up to replicate his domestic level success.

"It's totally up to the selectors. I will try and replicate what I am doing here, there. Obviously I am doing well here and hopefully I can convert these performances if I get a chance and do well there as well."

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