Karun Nair Bio

Karun Nair is an Indian cricketer who represents his country at the international level. On a national level, he represents the state of Karnataka. He’s already featured for a number of IPL clubs.

Karuns was born in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, but his family is from Kerala and has lived in Bangalore for several years. Karun Nair is one of Karnataka’s multiple movers and shakers. Karun’s batting style is more touch-based, with less reliance on brute force to play shots. His potential as a flamboyant batsman was immediately apparent during his first season on the domestic circuit. Nair also bowls off-break on occasion.


In the 2014-15 season, a batsman scored 328 runs in the Ranji Trophy final.
Only Indian batsman to score a triple century in his first Test innings.
The Indian batsman is the second to score a triple century.


Domestic Career

Karun Nair made his first-class debut for Karnataka in the 2013-14 season. Karnataka went on to win the Ranji Trophy the following season, with Karun hitting three straight hundreds in the tournament’s final stages. Nair went on to score a total of 709 runs in the following season, helping Karnataka secure their second consecutive crown.

For many factors, his 328 against Tamil Nadu in the season’s final was noteworthy. It was the highest total by any batsman in the Ranji Trophy final, and it made him just the second batsman from Karnataka to score a triple century, after KL Rahul. The last time a triple century was scored in the Ranji final was in the 1946-47 season.

In the 2018-19 Deodhar Trophy, KL Rahul also represented India A, and in the 2019-20 Deodhar Trophy, he represented India Red.

IPL Career

In 2012, Karun Nair made his IPL debut with Royal Challengers Bangalore. In 2013, he got his first opportunity to bat. In 2014, he joined the Rajasthan Royals and scored 330 runs in 11 games. He had a poor season the following year, making just 181 runs in 14 matches. Nair joined the Delhi Daredevils in 2016 and had his best season in the IPL that year. In 14 matches, he scored 357 runs, including three half-centuries. In 2018, Kings XI Punjab purchased Nair.

International Career

In 2016, Kaun made his One-Day International debut against Zimbabwe, scoring 7 runs. He scored 39 runs in his second One-Day International. Nair has not been selected for the national side in ODIs since that series.

Nair made his Test debut against England in Mohali in 2016. He became the third international player to translate his maiden century into a triple century in his third Test match. He followed the likes of Sir Garfield Sobers of the West Indies and former Australian captain Bob Simposn on the list. Nair was named Man of the Match after scoring 303 runs.

He also became the second Indian batsman to score a triple century in Test cricket, after Virender Sehwag. Karun hasn’t managed to score many runs in the longest form of the game, apart from his 303 not out.


Kaladharan, Karun’s father, is a mechanical engineer, and Prema, Karun’s mother, is a teacher. His parents both live in Bangalore.

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