Australian off-spinner of Indian origin hones skills in India

Arjun Nair, an off-spinner of Indian origin who sends down a variety of deliveries, including the carrom ball, is considered promising down under. In Chennai as part of an Australian team with a few Test cricketers and several aspirants from the Centre of Excellence, Arjun is excited about training in India.

Arjun Nair's father played hockey in India before migrating to Australia.   -  M. Vedhan

Arjun Nair is only 18 and he has already played two first class matches for New South Wales. An off-spinner who sends down a variety of deliveries, including the carrom ball, this youngster of Indian origin is considered promising down under.

In Chennai, as part of an Australian team with a few Test cricketers and several aspirants from the Centre of Excellence, Arjun is excited about training in India.

His father, Jay Nair, played hockey in India before migrating to Australia. The Canberra-born Arjun, however, was attracted to cricket. “I have been influenced by Sunil Narine’s grip while bowling the carrom ball. I have watched a lot of R. Ashwin also,” said Arjun whose run-up is unusually brisk for a spinner.

Having earned the praise of several experts including the legendary Greg Chappell for his attacking bowling, Arjun wants to contribute as an all-rounder. “My first love was batting and I enjoy my fielding,” he said.

The formidable Shane Warne has made a deep impression on the young Arjun. A stroke-maker himself, he admires the explosive ways of Adam Gilchrist.

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