Karun Nair

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Karun Nair
Personal information
Full name Karun Kaladharan Nair
Born (1991-12-06) 6 December 1991 (age 25)
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Role Batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 287) 26 November 2016 v England
Last Test 25 March 2017 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 212) 11 June 2016 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI 13 June 2016 v Zimbabwe
ODI shirt no. 69
Domestic team information
Years Team
2012–present Karnataka
2012–2013 Royal Challengers Bangalore (squad no. 69)
2014–2015 Rajasthan Royals (squad no. 69)
2016–present Delhi Daredevils (squad no. 69)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 6 2 41 49
Runs scored 374 46 3,391 1,358
Batting average 62.33 23.00 55.01 36.70
100s/50s 1/0 0/0 9/13 1/9
Top score 303* 39 328 120
Balls bowled 12 891 624
Wickets 0 8 12
Bowling average 57.50 42.33
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 2/11 2/16
Catches/stumpings 3/– 0/– 29/– 16/–
Source: ESPNCricinfo, 1 June 2017

Karun Kaladharan Nair (born 6 December 1991) is an Indian international cricketer who plays for Karnataka in domestic cricket. He is a right-handed batsman and occasional off break bowler. Having previously played for Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League, he was signed up by the Delhi Daredevils in 2016.[1]

He made his Test cricket debut in 2016 against England. He became the third player in international cricket to convert his maiden century into a triple century, by scoring an unbeaten 303 against England in his third Test.[2]

Domestic career[edit]

Nair made his first-class debut in the 2013–14 season in which Karnataka won the Ranji Trophy. He scored three consecutive centuries in their final league game and the first-two knockout matches.[3] Karnataka won the title again in 2014–15, with Nair scoring 709 runs in their ten matches,[3] including a knock of 328 in the final against Tamil Nadu to help Karnataka register an innings victory. He became only the second player from Karnataka to score a triple century and the first batsman to score a triple century in a Ranji final since 1946–47.[4]

International career[edit]

Nair made his One Day International (ODI) debut against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club on 11 June 2016.[5] On 26 November 2016, he made his Test debut against England at Mohali.[6] He scored his maiden Test century in the final match of the series at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, going on to finish 303 not out.[7] He took three innings to hit the triple century, thus becoming the quickest batsman to a maiden triple-hundred in Test cricket history. With this feat, Nair became only the second Indian batsman to hit a triple-hundred in Tests after Virender Sehwag[8] and the third player – after Bob Simpson and Sir Garfield Sobers[9] – to convert their maiden Test centuries into triple centuries.

Personal life[edit]

Nair was born on 6 December 1991 in Jodhpur to Kaladharan and Prema Nair who hail from Chengannur in Alappuzha district, Kerala.[10] His father Kaladharan, who is a mechanical engineer, was posted in Jodhpur at the time of his son's birth and later moved to Bangalore where he also worked on the sprinkler system at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. Nair's mother Prema is a teacher in a school in Koramangala, Bangalore.[11] Nair has an elder sister, Shruti Nair, who lives in Canada.[12]

Nair started playing cricket at the age of 10. He studied at Chinmayi School till fourth grade after which he switched to the Frank Anthony Public School.[13]

International centuries[edit]

Test centuries[edit]

Test centuries of Karun Nair
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Results
1 303* 3  England India Chennai, India M. A. Chidambaram Stadium 2016 Won

International awards[edit]

Test Man of the Match awards[edit]

No. Series Season Match Performance Result
1 5th Test – Anthony de Mello Trophy Test Series 2016/17 1st innings: 303* (381 balls; 32×4, 4×6)
2nd innings: 2 ct.; DNB
 India Won by an innings and 75 runs.[14]


  1. ^ "Karun Nair - Delhi Daredevils player - IPLT20.com". IPLT20. Retrieved 2016-12-19. 
  2. ^ Stadium, Vic Marks at the MA Chidambaram (2016-12-19). "Karun Nair scores 303 in India’s highest Test total as England’s misery continues". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-12-19. 
  3. ^ a b "Karun Nair's long wait for maiden Test cap could come to an end next week". India Today. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "Karun Nair first batsman in 68 years to score triple century in Ranji final". The Hindu. Retrieved 19 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "India tour of Zimbabwe, 1st ODI: Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Jun 11, 2016". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "England bat first; Rahul injured, Nair handed debut". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Karun Nair smashes sensational triple ton to put India on top in Chennai Test". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 19 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "Nair joins Sehwag in India's 300 club". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 December 2016. 
  9. ^ "Nair joins elite duo with rare triple ton". cricket.com.au. Retrieved 2016-12-19. 
  10. ^ "Cricket was in his blood from age 10: Karun Nair's father". The Economic Times. Retrieved 19 December 2016. 
  11. ^ Monga, Sidharth. "Parental pride as Nair feels the hand of fortune at last". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 December 2016. 
  12. ^ Kumar, K C Vijaya. "A gamut of emotions for Karun’s parents". The Hindu. Retrieved 19 December 2016. 
  13. ^ Chatterjee, Soumya. "As Karun Nair joins elite 300 club, proud school in Bengaluru recalls his dedication". The News Minute. Retrieved 19 December 2016. 
  14. ^ "England tour of India, 5th Test: India v England at Chennai, Dec 16-20, 2016". 

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