Karun Nair

Karun Nair India (കരുൺ നായർ)
Personal information
Full name Karun Kaladharan Nair
Born (1991-12-06) 6 December 1991
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Role Batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 287) 26 November 2016 v England
ODI debut (cap 212) June 11 2016 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI June 13, 2016 v Zimbabwe
Domestic team information
2012–present Karnataka
2012–2013 Royal Challengers Bangalore
2014–2015 Rajasthan Royals
2016–present Delhi Daredevils
Career statistics
Competition FC List A T20 Test
Matches 32 41 64 1
Runs scored 2481 1176 1189 4
Batting average 52.78 40.89 23.58 4.00
100s/50s 7/10 1/8 0/8 0/0
Top score 328 120 83* 4
Balls bowled 777 576 48 0
Wickets 8 10 2 0
Bowling average 52.62 46.60 27.50 n/a
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 n/a
10 wickets in match 0 n/a n/a n/a
Best bowling 2/11 2/16 1/3 n/a
Catches/stumpings 12/0 8/0 8/0 0/0
Source: Cricinfo, 06 june 2016

Karun Kaladharan Nair (Malayalam : കരുൺ നായർ) (born 6 December 1991) is an Indian cricketer from Kerala who plays for Karnataka and Indian Cricket Team. He is a right-hand batsman and off break bowler. He was a member of Royal Challengers Bangalore squad in 2013 Indian Premier League. In the 2014 IPL auction, he was signed-up by the Rajasthan Royals. In 2016 IPL Auction, he was signed up by the Delhi Daredevils selling for Rs 4 crore.

He has represented India, Delhi Daredevils, India A, India Under-19s, Karnataka, Karnataka State Cricket Association Colts XI, Kerala State Cricket Association XI, Karnataka Under-15s, Karnataka Under-19s, Mangalore United, Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, South Zone.

Personal life

Karun Nair was born to Kaladharan Nair and Prema Nair, a malayali couple . In July 2016, six people drowned and a few others were reported missing when a boat with more than a hundred people on board capsized in a river in Kerala. Karun Nair was on that boat, taking part in a temple festival with his family as thanksgiving for making his ODI debut. Nair was one of the survivors - he had to swim some distance before being rescued by a group of locals. [1]


Karun Nair caught everybody’s attention with his stellar performances in his debut season in the Ranji Trophy for Karnataka. Nair played a key part of their title winning season in 2013/14 with 3 consecutive centuries in their final league game v Delhi, the Quarter Final vs UP & in the semis v Punjab to take the team into the Final, where they eventually beat Maharashtra to win the Title. Karnataka went to win the Title again in 2014/15 and with 709 runs in their 10 games. Karun along with Robin Uthappa and KL Rahul were the fulcrum of the Batting lineup.

Karun has been part of three teams in the IPL – RCB, RR & DD He was a part of the RCB in his debut season in 2013 where he played just 2 game. Karun’s debut Ranji season was after the 2013 IPL, and in the 2014 auctions Rajasthan Royals picked the youngster as a part of their squad. Backed by the mentor Dravid, Nair got a long run playing 11 games in the 2014 IPL, where the youngster impressed everyone with his performances. Nair scored 330 with 3 50s – the best of the lot coming against his new team, the daredevils. Nair scored 73* opening the batting and anchored the innings with the team chasing down the target of 153 with 9 balls to spare.

Nair couldn’t replicate his 2014 form in the IPL 2015, with just one 30+ score in the 12 innings.

In the 2016 IPL auction, Nair cashed in big time, selling for Rs 4 crore to Delhi Daredevils - 40 times his base price of Rs 10 lakh.

International career

Nair made his One Day International (ODI) debut against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club on 11 June 2016.[2]

On 26 November 2016, He made his Test debut against England at Mohali.[3]


  1. "Not too fussy about batting positions". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  2. "India tour of Zimbabwe, 1st ODI: Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Jun 11, 2016". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  3. "England bat first; Rahul injured, Nair handed debut". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
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