Ranji Trophy Semifinal: Nair does a Morata

When Karun Nair reached his hundred, he delighted the photographers with his celebration routine. He got down on one knee, and broke out the ‘Spanish Archer’ made famous by Chelsea footballer Alvaro Morata.

Almost a year ago to the day, Karun Nair created history when he became the second Indian batsman to score a triple-hundred in Tests.   -  G.P. Sampath Kumar

Almost a year ago to the day, Karun Nair created history when he became the second Indian batsman to score a triple-hundred in Tests. That magical knock was partially relived, albeit on a lesser stage, when Karun cracked an unbeaten 148 against Vidarbha at the Eden Gardens here on Monday.

“Maybe the date is special. Actually, I reached 303 (against England at Chennai) on 19 December. It was there in the back of my mind when I was batting today,” Karun said.

When he reached his hundred, he delighted the photographers with his celebration routine. He got down on one knee, and broke out the ‘Spanish Archer’ made famous by Chelsea footballer Alvaro Morata.

“Everyone always tells me that I don’t do anything special when I reach my century, and that I just lift my bat. People want me to do something different, so I thought I’d give them the Morata goal celebration,” Karun said.

Karun explained that the pitch will continue to assist the bowlers. “If our bowlers keep it in the right areas, it will become difficult for the Vidarbha batsmen,” he said.