Karun Nair's fancy Valentine's Day gift

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Image courtesy: Karun Nair's Twitter.

Karun Nair’s idea of Valentine Day’s seems to be different compared to most others.

The 25-year-old India batsman took to Twitter to post a picture of his newly purchased Ford Mustang and called it his ‘Valentine’.

The car’s registration number reads ‘KA 03 NA 303’, with KA indicating both the state (Karnataka) the vehicle is registered in and the opening to Nair’s first name.

Personalisation continues with NA the first two letters in his surname and 303 referring to the triple century he scored against England at Chennai in December last year. During that knock, he had become just the second Indian batsman after Virender Sehwag to register a triple ton in Test cricket.

Despite the triple hundred, Nair was dropped in the next Test that India played against Bangladesh as vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane returned after missing out on two Tests due to injury.

Luckily, he’s found some love at the start of 2017.

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Making history: India's top Test run of form

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The Indian team, under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, are currently on a 19-match unbeaten run in Test cricket and that ranks among the best of all time.

This is now India’s longest unbeaten streak in Test cricket, having bettered their previous best – 17 matches between 1985 and 1987 – during the Test series against England.

Only three teams – West Indies, England and Australia (twice) – have gone more matches unbeaten in Test cricket.

West Indies are on top of the list, having gone 27 matches unbeaten from January 1982 to December 1984.

England, on the other hand, did not lose even once in 26 Tests between June 1968 and August 1971.

Australia went 25 matches unbeaten between March 1946 and February 1951, which included Don Bradman’s Invincibles who visited England in 1948. Under Ricky Ponting’s captaincy, Australia went unbeaten for 22 Tests after their Ashes loss in 2005.

With four Test matches lined up against Australia at home, India will be confident of climbing further up the list in the near future.

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India on verge of qualifying for ICC Women's World Cup

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Mithali Raj with her Player of the Match award.

Mona Meshram and captain Mithali Raj both scored half-centuries as India registered their fifth successive win at the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier at the P Sara Oval, Colombo on Wednesday.

Taking on South Africa, the Indian team were put into bat first having lost the toss. South Africa struck early, Deepti Sharma falling for just nine before Meshram and Raj put on a 96-run partnership for the second wicket.

Some lower order contributions from Veda Krishnamurthy, Devika Vaidya and Shikha Pandey helped India past the 200-run mark, eventually ending their innings on 205-8 from 50 overs.

In response, South Africa were reduced to 8-2 after losing both their openers early on. Trisha Chetty scored a half-century for the hosts, but it wasn’t enough as they were bowled out for 156.

Fast bowler Shikha Pandey was the pick of the India bowlers, taking 4-34. Left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht was also impressive in her spell of 3-22.

With this win, India now has six points with two games still to play in the Super Six stage, which is likely to be enough for them to make it into the top four by the end of the round.

The top four teams at the end of the Super Six stage qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup to be held in England in June and July this year.

BRIEF SCORES

India 205-8, 50 overs [Raj 64, Meshram 55, Marizanne Kapp 2-23] beat South Africa 156 all out, 46.4 overs [Chetty 52, Pandey 4-34, Bisht 3-22] by 49 runs.

Player of the Match – Mithali Raj

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