It’s very rare of Indian kids to not fall for the charisma of cricket and strike a shot, even before they learn to toddle; and Bangalorean boy Karun Nair is one of them.
He gripped all attention with his first spectacular show in Ranji Match 2013-14. He helped his team end a 15-year wait for a Ranji title and scored centuries in the quarter-final and semi-final.
This performance acted as the calling card that landed Nair great future roles and scopes.
His sheer passion for cricket and unflinching devotion has taken him where he once dreamed to be. To play for Team India in a test match.
And it all came to be true for him when he was prepping up for India A’s second four-day game against South Africa A in Wayanad last August. Rahul Dravid, the then coach for India gave him the biggest news of his career by naming him as the replacement for the injured M Vijay in the Indian team for the third Test against Sri Lanka.
Soon after the news reached him, Nair said, “It’s a dream come true. I have been waiting for this moment for a long time. I am really happy”.
He has recently joined the stalwart Virendra Sehwag in the club of Indian triple centuries and proved to be the quickest in the history of the game to score a triple hundred. It only took 3 innings for him to achieve this milestone and that itself speaks a ton for his potential.
He is also the third highest batting scorer at No 5 or lower after Michael Clarke and Don Bradman. He is also the sixth youngest batsman to make a triple-century. He has played total 37 first-class matches and scored 2845 runs at an average of 52.68.
In addition to that, Nair has climbed up the IPL auction ladder, by clinching a whopping 4 crore tag in Delhi Daredevils right from 10 lakh in Rajasthan Royal. Concreting the notion how hard work can pay off.
This young achiever has already set a precedent and has become a source of inspiration for many. And he aims to retain this performance and perseverance as he vows, “I am ready to bat any position for Team India”.