Karun Nair Biography, Age, Height, Family, Wife, IPL, Stats & Facts

Karun Nair Biography – From being a premature baby to becoming only the second Indian cricketer entering into the 300 Club!

Family Background of Karun Nair:

Karun Nair was born on December 06, 1991, in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.

His father, Kaladharan Nair, is a mechanical engineer and businessman. His mother, Prema Nair, is a teacher in a school in Koramangala, Bangalore.

Karun Nair’s parents

He was born in Jodhpur and brought up in Bangalore. But, his family is originally from Kerala.

Karun with his sister

He has an elder sister named Sruthi Nair, who has been married since 2005.

Karun Nair with his wife

Karun Nair married to Shanya Tankariwala in January 2020. His wife is a media professional.

Early Life:

He was born as a premature baby, which resulted in the weakening of his lung capacity. He was later advised to do some physical activity daily to overcome the problem. So, his parents bought him a cricket bat, and he started playing gully cricket with his friends.


Later, his family shifted to Bangalore in the year 2000. There, he joined Koramangala Cricket Academy and started honing his skills under B. Shivanand.

Education –

He did his primary schooling at Bangalore’s Chinmaya School till the 4th standard. Then, he studied at Frank Anthony Public School.

He did his graduation from Sri Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain College. Cricketers like KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, and Shreyas Gopal are also alumni of the same college.

Karun Nair Biography:

Karun Nair's Profile:
Personal Life:
Full NameKarun Kaladharan Nair
Date of BirthDecember 06, 1991
Age32 years 6 months (in June, 2024)
Zodiac/Sun SignSagittarius
Birth PlaceJodhpur, Rajasthan, India
SchoolChinmaya School, Bangalore.
Frank Anthony Public School, Bangalore
CollegeSri Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain College, Bangalore
Physical Stats:
Height5’ 6”
(1.68 m)
(168 cm)
WeightNot known
Hair ColorBlack
Eye ColorDark brown
Family & Relationships:
FatherKaladharan Nair
MotherPrema Nair
SiblingsSruthi Nair (elder sister)
Marital StatusMarried
WifeSanaya Takariwala
Playing RoleBatsman
Batting StyleRight-hand bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm offbreak
Major TeamsIndia, India A, India Under-19s, Karnataka, Karnataka Under-19s, Karnataka Under-15s, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab
(Test) Debut
India vs England at Mohali (November 26, 2016)
(ODI) Debut
Zimbabwe vs India at Harare (June 11, 2016)
(T20I) Debut
First-Class DebutKarnataka vs Punjab at Hubballi (December 14, 2013)
List-A DebutGoa vs Karnataka at Bengaluru (February 20, 2012)
T-20 DebutGoa vs Karnataka at Shimoga (March 17, 2013)

Cricket Career of Karun Nair:

Karun started his cricket career for Karnataka under-15s. Then, he played for the state under-17s and under-19s team. Later, in April 2009, he made his debut for India under-19s by playing a test match against Australia under-19s. It was also his only test match for India under-19s.

On February 20, 2012, he started his List-A career for Karanataka by playing against Goa in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He remained not out at 15 in the game, as his team chased down the score of 54 runs.


A year later, in March 2013, he played his first main T20 match against the same team. He didn’t get the chance to bat; however, he did bowl and picked a wicket in his first and only over of the match.

The same year, on December 14, Nair made his First-Class debut against Punjab in the Ranji Trophy. He scored 21 runs in the first innings and didn’t get the opportunity to bat in the second innings of the match.

International Cricket Career:

On June 11, 2016, Karun made his ODI debut along with KL Rahul and Yuzvendra Chahal against Zimbabwe on India’s tour of Zimbabwe. He made only seven runs in the match; however, his childhood friend, Rahul, scored a century on the debut match.


The same year, in November, he made his Test debut against England. He got run out on his first Test by Josh Buttler at the score of 4 only.

Soon, on his third test match, against the same team, he hammered 303* runs, including four sixes and 32 fours, in 381 balls. On that day, Nair became only the second Indian cricketer after Virender Sehwag, who scored 300+ runs in a Test match.

IPL Career:

In 2012, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) bought Nair for Rs. 8 lakh. But he didn’t get to play any match in the season. Karun Nair made his IPL debut for RCB on April 04, 2013, against the Mumbai Indians (MI).


The following year, Rajasthan Royals (RR) picked him at the auction for Rs. 75 lakhs. He played his first match for RR on April 26, 2014, opposite his last franchise, RCB. He scored his maiden IPL fifty against Delhi Capitals (DC).

Then, in 2016, Delhi Capitals (DC) bagged him at the IPL auction for four crores. He played IPL 2016 and IPL 2017 for them.


Later, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) bought him for whopping 5.6 crores at the auction. Nair played his first match for them against DC, in which he scored a half-century (50 runs of 33 balls). He played for the same team in IPL 2019. Also, KXIP retained him for IPL 2020.

Later, Kolkata Knight Riders bought him at the auction ahead of the IPL 2021. Then, Rajasthan Royals (RR) bought him at the auction for IPL 2022.

IPL Stats:
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Facts about Karun Nair:

  • In 2010, he wanted to quit cricket because he didn’t get selected for the 2011 under-19 world cup squad.
  • Indian cricketer KL Rahul and Karun Nair are childhood friends. They both made their T20 and ODI debut on the same day.
  • Karun Nair is the first Indian cricketer who converts his maiden hundred into a triple hundred.
  • Favorite –
    • Movie – Chak De India
    • Song – Don’t you worry child (Swedish House Mafia)
    • Cartoon character – Popeye
    • Football club – Manchester United
  • In 2015, he scored 328 runs against Tamil Nadu in the final of the Ranji Trophy and led his team to win the trophy.
  • Apart from cricket, he loves playing Golf.

Frequently asked questions on Google:

Q1: What is the age of Nair?

Ans: 32 years 6 months (in June, 2024)

Q2: What is the height of Karun Nair?

Ans: 5ft. 5″ (1.68 m or 168 cm)

Q3: Who is Karun Nair’s wife?

Karun with his wife Shanya

Ans: Shanya Tankariwala

Q4: Is Karun Nair malayali?

Ans: yes

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