Triple centurion Karun Nair’s Valentine is a customised red hot Ford Mustang

In Valentine’s Day week, the record-setting India batsman tweeted love for a recently-purchased Ford Mustang with his triple century featured in a customised registration number.

cricket Updated: Feb 17, 2017 17:43 IST
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Karun Nair,Virat Kohli,Anushka Sharma
India batsman Karun Nair scored a triple century against England but didn’t get to play the one-off Test against Bangladesh. He has been picked in the squad for the first two Tests against Australia. (AFP)

In Valentine’s Day week, lady love need not necessarily be one’s partner. Look at our cricketers for example. Of course India captain Virat Kohli has garnered most views, likes, shares and retweets by finally professing his love for Anushka Sharma publicly.

But there were some other interesting social posts as well. MS Dhoni was brought to his knees and made to crawl by his daughter Ziva. Murali Vijay on the other hand, posted some father-son moments spent in the middle of the sea.

India’s latest triple centurion Karun Nair is still possibly single but this year, his date is a red customised Ford Mustang. The iconic American muscle car, whose bookings in India started July last year, has recently started rolling out and it seems the India batsman has wasted no time to get his hands on the car.

Not only that, Nair has also proudly unveiled the car on Twitter as ‘My Valentine’. The registration number on the plate though is one to watch out for. Numbered KA 03 NA 303, it is also a personal statement for the Karnataka batsman.

Since Nair is from Karnataka, the first two letters of the registration number are KA which incidentally fits well with Nair’s first name. ‘NA’ are the first two letters of Nair. He got his triple in his third Test where 03 fits in perfectly. And 303, of course, is the runs Nair had scored against England in Chennai in December.

That was only the third instance in history, after Sir Garfield Sobers and Bob Simpson, when a batsman converted his maiden century into a triple hundred --- enough reason to celebrate by customising the registration number.

MS Dhoni had customised the registration number of his Hummer after his birthday (July 7, 1981). (HT Photo)

But this isn’t the first time a cricketer has tried to give permanence to numbers special to them. MS Dhoni had famously customised the registration number of his Hummer 7781 after his birthday (July 7, 1981).

Chris Gayle has an entire sports bar in Kingston named Triple Century 333, his highest Test score. It’s only natural for Nair to show off what he has achieved early in his career. And to do that in Valentine’s Day week shows how special this car is and will be for Nair.

First Published: Feb 16, 2017 21:17 IST