Before the start of the India-England Test series, there was a lot of talk if Hardik Pandya will a get look-in or will Karun Nair make his debut first. Both of them were not picked in the playing XI for the first two Tests in Rajkot and Visakhapatnam respectively. But then came Mohali.
Karun Nair became the 287th player from India to make his Test debut as India decided to play him in the third Test against England in Mohali. An injury aggravation to KL Rahul made Nair’s debut possible.
The debutant received the cap from Sunil Gavaskar as India were made to bowl first.
Nair has played 37 first-class matches and scored 2845 runs at an impressive average of 52.68. Ever since he broke into the Karnataka Ranji team, Nair has been on the India radar.
The Karnataka batsman has impressed one and all with his batting ever since he broke into the Ranji team in 2013-14. That season was fruitful for him as well. He helped his team end a 15-year wait for a Ranji title. He scored centuries in the quarter-final and semi-final.
In the IPL, Nair was bought by Delhi Daredevils for a whopping four crore rupees which is significant given his base price was Rs 10 lakh. He had already established himself as a T20 cricketer during his stint with the Rajasthan Royals, where he even opened the batting.
KL Rahul got his first India call up in 2015 when he was asked to join the team in Sri Lanka in place of Murali Vijay but he did not make his debut there.
However he will have to wait it out to make a mark with the bat after England chose to bat first when Alastair Cook won the toss.