Cricket Australia's national talent manager, Greg Chappell, says 17-year-old Arjun Nair is one of Australian cricket's brightest lights after his dominant performances against Pakistan and New Zealand's under-19s.
Nair, who made his first-grade debut for Hawkesbury when he was 15, has packed plenty into his young life, but Chappell believes the Canberra-born son of Indian immigrants has even more to look forward to.
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Nair – who learnt how to bowl the doosra from watching YouTube and who enrolled at university when he was only 16 – starred in last month's tri-series against New Zealand and Pakistan in Dubai with 10 wickets and an 89-ball century against the tournament's eventual winners, Pakistan.
However, Chappell warned Nair not to rest on his laurels.
"He started as a batsman and the bowling took over, now he's picking up the batting again, which is good because it is important he offers something [more] than his bowling," Chappell said.
"Finger spin in Australia is challenging at the best of times and you just have to give yourself more opportunities to be selected.
"In this professional age it is important he offers as much as possible to maximise the number of opportunities he gets. Fielding is another aspect, like all young cricketers Arjun needs to make sure he nails that because you can't afford any deficiencies if you want to break through."
Nair will have no trouble heeding Chappell's advice. While he is about to start studying for his bachelor of business and marketing degree at the University of Western Sydney he invests a lot of time thinking about the sport.
"So many thought processes," he said. "When I'm not playing or training I'm thinking 'what more can I do to improve'.
"I'll train most days, I'm very hungry for wickets and runs and that's been the main key to what I've done. I think mental preparation is the key to succeeding."
Nair acknowledged YouTube's role in his rapid rise, revealing how he logged onto the website for hours on end to study West Indian cricketer Sunil Narine's doosra.
"I saw him play in the Indian Premier League and thought, 'this looks pretty different', so I watched him bowl on YouTube and tried it in the backyard," he said. "I've trained to the point where it's coming out well now."
Chappell said Nair's performance against Pakistan piqued plenty of interest for a number of reasons.
"I wondered if, because they'd seen more bowlers of that type, they'd take to him more readily, but they found him difficult to play. The signs are very positive."
Sydney Thunder general manager Nick Cummins said the Big Bash League franchise recruited him as one of their rookies because of his potential and character.
"He's one of the most exciting prospects coming through from the Thunder region and he's in our academy as well as being our development rookie this year," Cummins said. "He still has a lot to learn in taking the next step to play in the Big Bash but he's certainly on the right trajectory."