Karun Nair struck his maiden Test century to guide India towards overhauling England’s huge first innings total on the fourth morning of the fifth and final Test. (SCORECARD)
The 25-year-old emulated Karnataka teammate KL Rahul, who was out for 199 on day three, reaching triple figures in his third Test, having been included in the playing eleven following the thigh injury suffered by Rohit Sharma. (UPDATES)
Nair steered Ben Stokes to the point boundary to reach his landmark as India reached 435 for four wickets, raising hopes of building a good lead to bring England under pressure. India lead the series 3-0.
Karun Nair faced 185 balls, hitting eight fours and a six. Murali Vijay was batting on 29.
Run out for four in his first innings, in the third Test at Mohali, and dismissed for 13 during the innings victory in Mumbai, Nair cashed in on a good MA Chidambaram Stadium pitch.
An aggressive player, he toned down his shots after India lost Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli in quick succession after lunch on the third day, raising a 161-run fourth wicket partnership by playing a supportive role to Rahul.
Nair, who was dropped on 34 by England skipper Alastair Cook at slip off paceman Jake Ball, made it count by building a solid fifth wicket partnership with Murali Vijay, the opener batting at No 6 after getting treatment for a bruised shoulder suffered while fielding.
Born in Jodhpur, Nair’s family moved to Karnataka. He made a splash on his first-class debut in the 2013-14 season, scoring three centuries in a row to highlight the role played by young players in Karnataka’s Ranji Trophy triumph. In the 2014/15 season, Nair made history when he smashed a triple century in the final against Tamil Nadu in Mumbai to help Karnataka retain the title
Being signed up for Rajasthan Royals in 2014 was seen as a natural progression for the aggressive middle-order batsman. Delhi Daredevils saw big value in him after buying him for Rs 4 crore in the 2016 players’ auction from a base price of Rs 10 lakh.
He had an outside chance to make his India debut last year, in the third and final Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo after being flown in as standby following Murali Vijay’s hamstring injury.