17-year old all-rounder Arjun Nair has created history by representing Australia Under-19s against the England Under-19s in a youth One-Day International at Gosforth on Tuesday. Arjun is an Indian born cricketer who is currently representing Australia. He bowls off-spin and bats right handed and plays for New South Wales in the Australian Domestic circuit.
Arjun’s heroics saw Aussies romping home to an 8-wicket win over the Poms. Bowling first, Arjun picked up 4 wickets conceding just 33 runs and formed a lethal partnership with pacer Fletcher Seymour, who finished with figures of 4-56. The duo restricted the English boys for just 206 in 45.1 overs with none of the batsman crossing 35. In response, Aussie batsman Caleb Jewell blasted his way to 69 before Matthew Renshaw (69 not out) and skipper Jake Doran (56 not out) steadied the ship after a minor collapse that saw the Aussies losing two wickets in two balls and took their side home with nearly 10 overs to spare.
Arjun Nair, a Malayalee by origin was born on April 12, 1998 in the city of Cochin (now Kochi). His parents Jayanand Nair and Salini Nair moved from Kochi to Australia in 1996. His father Jayanand is also a junior hockey player. Arjun adapted the game quickly and started to represent Under-19 side at a very young age. He came into the reckoning when he was 14 and it was when he scored 127, 119, and 103 for Hawkesbury Cricket Club, and in the next season, he scored 119 and 109. He is currently playing for the New South Wales Under-17.
Nair will follow the footsteps of Gurinder Sandhu, who made his International debut for Australia earlier this year and ended up picking up three wickets which includes Ajinkya Rahane, Ian Bell, and Eoin Morgan.