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, Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League, he was signed up by the Kings XI Punjab in 2018.
|Full name||Karun Kaladharan Nair|
|Born||6 December 1991|
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
|Bowling||Right-arm off break|
|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|
|2012–2013||Royal Challengers Bangalore (squad no. 69)|
|2014–2015||Rajasthan Royals (squad no. 69)|
|2016–2017||Delhi Daredevils (squad no. 69)|
|2018- present||Kings XI Punjab (squad no. 69)|
Source: ESPNCricinfo, 12 January 2019
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.
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. Karnataka won the title again in 2014–15, with Nair scoring 709 runs in their ten matches, 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. It was the highest total by a batsman in the final of the Ranji Trophy.
In October 2018, he was named in India A's squad for the 2018–19 Deodhar Trophy. The following month, he was named as one of eight players to watch ahead of the 2018–19 Ranji Trophy. In August 2019, he was named in the India Red team's squad for the 2019–20 Duleep Trophy.
Nair made his One Day International (ODI) debut against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club on 11 June 2016. On 26 November 2016, he made his Test debut against England at Mohali. 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. 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 and the third player – after Bob Simpson and Sir Garfield Sobers – to convert their maiden Test centuries into triple centuries. India won the match by an innings and 75 runs, and Nair was named as the player of the match.
Nair was born on 6 December 1991 in Jodhpur to Kaladharan and Prema Nair who hail from Chengannur in Alappuzha district, Kerala. 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.
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