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Karun Nair Biography: The 2nd Indian in 300 Club 

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Karun Nair became the star of the nation overnight after he scored a triple ton against the mighty English side back in 2016. He became only the second-ever Indian batsman to do so after Virender Sehwag. His 300 came by converting his maiden century, a dream debut series for any Cricketer representing their country. But where is he now?

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After scoring a triple century in his first-ever series, Karun Nair only scored 71 runs in the next 5 matches that he played. His last match was against Australia at Dharmashala in 2017. Since then, he has not been in the sights of the selectors, despite scoring 612 runs in the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy. 

About Karun Nair


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Early Life

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Karun Nair, born on 6th December 1991, in Jodhpur (later moved to Bangalore). He is the second child of his parents, Kaladharan Nair and Prema Nair. He has an elder sister, Shruthi Nair.

Born a premature baby, Karun Nair was advised to take up sports by the doctors as a part of the treatment for his weak lungs. He joined Koramangala Sports Academy in 2001, a year after he moved to Bangalore. At the academy, he played under Coach Shivananda.

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Krun Nair Wife: Sanaya Tankariwala

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In June 2019, Karun Nair went down on his knees & proposed to Sanaya Tankariwala to marry him. The couple got married on 16 January 2020. Recently, they both announced that they are expecting a baby.

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Domestic Career

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Nair made his first-class debut for Karnataka in 2013-2014. His consecutive centuries in the last group-stage match and two knock-out matches helped them win the Ranji Trophy title that year. His total of 709 in 10 matches, including 328 against Tamil Nadu in the finals, once again helped Karnataka lift the Ranji Trophy in 2014-15.

He played for India A side in the 2018-19 Deodhar Trophy and for the India Red team for the Duleep Trophy in 2019-20. Karun also plays in the IPL. Currently for Kolkata Knight Riders.

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International Career

ODI Career

Nair made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club on 11th June 2016. He wore whites for India on 26th November 2016 against England in Mohali.

Karun Nair Test Career

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Karun Nair 300: Karun Nair triple century came in his first series representing India. He played his last ODI on 13th June 2016 against Zimbabwe. Karun played his last test against Australia at Dhrmashala in 2017.

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Karun Nair IPL Career

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Nair has been a part of a few teams in the IPL. He first played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2013, but only got a chance in two matches and could not make much of an impact. He was picked by Rajasthan Royals ahead of the 2014 season. This is when he started to flourish as a top-order batsman in white-ball cricket. He scored over 300 runs in his first season with the Royals. After RR’s suspension, Nair was picked by Delhi Daredevils, where he got a chance to captain the team in a few matches in Zaheer Khan’s absence. 

He moved to Kings XI Punjab in 2018, he scored over 300 runs in that season. After that, he did not perform well for two seasons and was eventually released ahead of  2021 auctions. Kolkata Knight Riders bagged him at the auction, but he still has not gotten a chance to get on the field for them.

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Lesser known facts about Karun Nair

  • Broke Gundappa Vishwanath and Gul Mohammad’s record- Nair scored 328 in the finals of Ranji Trophy 2014-15 season. He surpassed Gul Mohammad’s highest score of 319 in the Ranji Trophy Finals. He also surpassed Gundappa Vishwanath’s record of highest score by a Karnataka Player in the finals.
  • Karun Nair Record: He became the expensive Uncapped player in 2016- After an impressive performance in 2014, Nair was picked by Delhi Daredevils 40 times his base price of 10 lakhs. He scored 357 runs in that season.
  • Advice from RR mentor and his idol- Rahul Dravid advised Nair when playing for Rajasthan Royals to not change his batting at all, and that he had what it took to be an international player.
  • Karun Nair 300: He became the 2nd India to score a triple century after cricketer Virender Sehwag. Karun Nair Triple Century was the most amazing knock of his career. The innings made him an overnight star.

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Karun Nair Stats

Format Test ODI First Class List A
Matches 6 2 76 78
Runs Scored 374 46 5436 1953
Average 62.33 23.00 50.33 31.50
50’s/100’s 0/1 0/0 25/14 12/2
Top Score 303* 39 328 120

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