25-year-old Nair is the third batsman in the world to convert his first 100 to a 300

All you need to know about Indias new cricketing hero Karun Nair PTI
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The perfect run for the Indian cricket team in the current series against England, has been supplemented with a fantastic performance by batting gem, Karun Nair.

Karun Nair managed to remain unbeaten at 303 off 381 balls as India declared and that too in his third international test match.

25-year-old Nair is incidentally only the second Indian batsman to score a triple century in a match he was not even sure of playing until his Ranji teammate KL Rahul was ruled out due to injury.

With this iconic feat, Nair also becomes the sixth youngest in the world to score a test triple ton, according to statistician Mohandas Menon.

Karun Nair being greeted by skipper Virat Kohli and teammates after he scored an unbeaten 300 runs; PTI Photo by R Senthil Kumar

According to Menon, he is also the third batsman to convert his first 100 to a 300. Legendary Garry Sobers and Bob Simpson were the ones to do it before him.  

Since his first domestic season in 2013-14, Nair built upon him a reputation of playing long innings and that too at a steady strike rate. In only six matches, he managed to pile on more than 500 runs.

Nair who was born in Rajasthan had started his domestic career for the state of Karnataka. He played his first U-19 game for Karnataka at the age of 15.

Born to Kaladharan Nair and Prema Nair, Karun started his formal cricket coaching at the age of 10 at the Koramangala Cricket Club.

He broke into the national squad in the Zimbabwe after he had an impressive show in IPL 2016 when he was playing for Delhi Daredevils.

But he had to wait for his first Test cap till November in the ongoing home series versus the English side.

He was picked by none other than Rahul Dravid to play for the Rajasthan Royals in the 2014 season, after Nair failed to break into the playing 11 for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Incidentally, Nair had scored a triple century in the domestic circuit which was pivotal in winning his team the Ranji final in 2014.

He has a formidable first class Test record of scoring just short of 3000 runs in which he managed to reach triple figures eight times at a steady average of more than 50 runs for an innings.

In the coveted Indian Premiere League, Karun has scored 877 runs in 41 matches at an impressive  S/R of 127.84.

Incidentally, 2016 was his best IPL season when he managed to score 357 runs at an average of 35.70.