Full name Karun Kaladharan Nair
Born December 6, 1991, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Current age 29 years 49 days
Major teams India, Delhi Daredevils, India A, India Under-19s, Karnataka, Karnataka State Cricket Association Colts XI, Karnataka State Cricket Association XI, Karnataka Under-15s, Karnataka Under-19s, Kings XI Punjab, Mangalore United, Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, South Zone
Playing role Top-order batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||India v England at Mohali, Nov 26-29, 2016 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v Australia at Dharamsala, Mar 25-28, 2017 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Jun 11, 2016 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Jun 13, 2016 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Karnataka v Punjab at Hubballi, Dec 14-17, 2013 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Bengal v Karnataka at Kolkata, Feb 29-Mar 3, 2020 scorecard|
|List A debut||Goa v Karnataka at Bengaluru, Feb 20, 2012 scorecard|
|Last List A||Karnataka v Tamil Nadu at Bengaluru, Oct 25, 2019 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Goa v Karnataka at Shimoga, Mar 17, 2013 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Karnataka v Uttar Pradesh at Alur (3), Jan 18, 2021 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|21||Karnataka||v U. Pradesh||Alur (3)||18 Jan 2021||T20|
|15||Karnataka||v Railways||Alur (2)||16 Jan 2021||T20|
|5||Karnataka||v Tripura||Alur (3)||14 Jan 2021||T20|
|13||Karnataka||v Punjab||Alur||12 Jan 2021||T20|
|27||Karnataka||v J + K||Alur||10 Jan 2021||T20|
|0||Kings XI||v Mum Indians||Abu Dhabi||1 Oct 2020||T20|
|-||Kings XI||v Royals||Sharjah||27 Sep 2020||T20|
|15*||Kings XI||v RCB||Dubai (DSC)||24 Sep 2020||T20|
|1||Kings XI||v Capitals||Dubai (DSC)||20 Sep 2020||T20|
|0/12, 3, 0/12, 6||Karnataka||v Bengal||Kolkata||29 Feb 2020||FC|
The year 2016 was memorable for Karun Nair. He made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in July, his selection a reward for his consistency in domestic cricket - he had averaged more than 50 in his first three seasons. In October, he was elevated to captain of his state side, Karnataka. In November, he was given his first Test cap in the Mohali Test against England. In his third Test, he became India's second triple-centurion after Virender Sehwag, and only the third man in the game's history to convert a maiden Test ton into a triple.
The year wasn't just full of happy memories, though. He was involved in a boat mishap in Kerala during a temple festival, an incident in which a number of people drowned and several others were reported missing. Nair, who did not know to swim, was rescued by a group of locals.
Nair had also had a good IPL in 2016, justifying his price tag of INR 4 crore - he was sold for 40 times his base price - by playing a key role for Delhi Daredevils at the top of the order.
He had had an outstanding debut first-class season in 2013-14, becoming an instrumental part of the Karnataka side that swept the Ranji and Irani titles. He hit centuries in three successive Ranji matches, including the quarter-finals and the semi-finals, and also hit the winning six that ended Karnataka's 15-year-wait for a Ranji title. In the following season, he overcame a series of low scores to make a record-breaking triple-century as Karnataka defended their Ranji crown.
In 2014 he was signed by IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals, where he established himself in the XI, sometimes even opening the batting with Shane Watson. Consistent performances for Karnataka and India A earned him an India call-up in 2015, when he joined the Test squad in Sri Lanka as a replacement to M Vijay, though he did not debut at the time.