Karun Nair is an Indian cricketer who plays for the Indian national team. On domestic level, he plays for the state of Karnataka. He has also been part of multiple IPL teams.
Biography - About Karun Nair
Born in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, Karuns’ family originally belonged to Kerala but have settled in Bangalore for many years. Karun Nair is one of the many strokemaker to emerge from Karnataka. Karun’s batting style is focused more on touch-play and he relies less on sheer power to play shots. A flamboyant batsman, his talent was very much evident after his first season in the domestic circuit. Nair is also an occasional off break bowler.
Karun Nair: Along the Years
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Karun Nair: Records
- Most runs by a batsman in the final of the Ranji Trophy: 328 runs in the 2014-15 season.
- Only Indian batsman to convert his maiden Test century to a triple century.
- Second Indian batsman to hit a triple century.
Karun Nair: Career
Karun Nair made his first-class debut in the 2013-14 season for Karnataka. Karnataka went on to win the Ranji Trophy that season with Karun hitting three back-to-back hundreds in the later stages of the tournament. Nair scored a total of 709 runs in the next season and played a crucial role in Karnataka winning their second consecutive title.
His 328 against Tamil Nadu in that season's final was special for several reasons. It was the highest score by any batsman in the final of the Ranji Trophy and it made him only the second batsman from Karnataka to score a triple century in the Ranji Trophy after KL Rahul. The last time someone had scored a triple century in the Ranji final was in the 1946-47 season.
KL Rahul also played for India A in the 2018-19 and for Indian Red in the 2019-20 Deodhar Trophy.
Karun Nair started his IPL journey with Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2012. His first chance to bat came in 2013. He switched to Rajasthan Royals in 2014 and made 330 runs in 11 matches. The next season was a disappointing one for him as he managed to score only 181 runs in 14 matches. In 2016, Nair became the part of Delhi Daredevils and went on to have his best season in the IPL. He scored 357 runs in 14 matches along with three half-centuries. Nair was bought by Kings XI Punjab in 2018.
Kaun’s ODI debut came against Zimbabwe in 2016 and scored 7 runs. In his second ODI he managed to score 39 runs. After that series, Nair has failed to make his place in the national side in ODIs.
Nair made his Test debut in 2016 against England at Mohali. In the third Test match of his career, he became the third international player to convert his maiden century into a triple century. He joined the list which contains West Indies legend Sir Garfield Sobers and former Australian captain Bob Simposn. Nair scored 303 runs and went on to become the Man of the Match.
He also became the second India batsman after Virender Sehwag to score a triple century in Test cricket. Other than his 303 not out, Karun hasn’t managed to score a lot of runs in the longest form of the game.
Karun Nair: Family
Karun’s father Kaladharan is a mechanical engineer and his mother Prema is a teacher. Both of his parents live in Bangalore.