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Indian Cricketer Surya Kumar Yadav does a Dhoni, adds Nissan 1-ton to his car collection

Indian cricketers are known for their exclusive taste in exotic and luxury cars. Thanks to the cash-rich franchise cricket leagues in recent times, even the newer talents are deservingly becoming more affluent and fulfilling their wish of buying their dream set of wheels. In one such recent news, renowned middle-order batsman of Indian Cricket Team and Mumbai Indians from IPL, Surya Kumar Yadav has got a heavily customized Nissan 1-Ton for himself.

Indian Cricketer Surya Kumar Yadav does a Dhoni, adds Nissan 1-ton to his car collection

Popularly known as “SKY” among his teammates and fans, Surya Kumar Yadav shared a picture of himself with his new green-coloured SUV, which he has rightfully named ‘Hulk’. For those who don’t know, many people call it a Jonga. It was a commissioned four-wheel-drive vehicle made by Nissan in a bygone era for the Indian Army. Jonga is not the name of the vehicle but an acronym of Jabalpur Ordinance And Gun-carriage Assembly, which used to make this vehicle for the Indian Army in the older era.

Nissan 1-ton is becoming popular

Indian Cricketer Surya Kumar Yadav does a Dhoni, adds Nissan 1-ton to his car collection

Coming back to the Nissan 1-ton owned by Surya Kumar Yadav, it is painted in a cool-looking shade of neon green, and has been restored to make it look completely new. The entire bodywork and glass panels have been restored, and it gets some protective bits like grille and headlamp covers. The rounded lights on this vehicle at the front and rear are all-LED units, which further make it look attention-grabbing. To make its road presence even more devilish, the truck here also comes with beefy-looking off-road spec tyres

The rugged and bare-bones four-wheel-drive pick-up was preferred for its indestructible and immensely durable nature, which was one of the characteristics the Indian Army looks out for in its vehicles.

The Nissan 1-ton was regularly in use in the 1960s for personnel carrying, ambulance duties, gun-carrying and general patrolling. However, in the later years, it started getting replaced by lighter Mahindra Jeeps. The Jonga came standard with a 3.9-litre six-cylinder diesel engine, which produced a maximum power output of 110 bhp and a maximum torque output of 264 Nm. It came with a 3-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel drive as standard.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni also owns it

Indian Cricketer Surya Kumar Yadav does a Dhoni, adds Nissan 1-ton to his car collection

Surya Kumar Yadav is not the only exclusive cricketer who has laid his hands on a Jonga. Former Indian Cricket Team Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the first cricketer to get a Jonga for himself in his hometown in Ranchi. Like Surya’s Jonga, Dhoni’s version of the vehicle is also heavily customized in and out and gets a subtler looking shade of dark green.

It feels good that the prominent personalities are showcasing their love for automobiles by choosing a piece of history and reinventing them to cherish their glory for more years to come.