Kaunain Abbas is an Indian cricketer who made his first-class debut for Karnataka by scoring his second successive fifty in the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy. The 27-year old right handed batsman kept his passion alive by playing university tournaments and club matches.
While studying MBA at Jain University, he became the top scorer (313 runs) for the University in their Toyota University Cricket Championship (TUCC) which is an all-India inter-varsity Twenty20 tournament. Apart from clinching the ‘Player of the Tournament’ honor, he also bagged two man-of-the-match and three batsman awards when JU pipped Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia to the post in the finals.
His incredible performance for the University tournament made him earn a position in the senior Karnataka team and gave him the opportunity to be a part of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 Zonal tournament in Shimoga where he replaced Robin Uthappa. Abbas feels overwhelmed to play for the state senior team as it will help him to emerge from the shadow of obscurity of India’s local cricket.
Started playing at a young age of nine, Abbas was a part of Brijesh Patel and Imtiaz Ahmed's academy for almost six years. He showed his expertise during an unbeaten 128 which was JU’s top score in the TUCC event against VBS University. Abbas attended a workshop conducted by famous trainer Ian Faria and believes that his motivational talks brought a significant change in his approach to batting and made him more confident.
The young batsman idolizes Rahul Dravid and wishes to emulate his characteristics like great discipline and humility. When Abbas is not on the field playing cricket, he enjoys reading. Fond of public speaking, he has also delivered a public lecture at a Game Changers forum. Currently, the talented lad with a promising future is playing with Belagavi Panthers in the Karnataka Premier League.