Cricket and superstitions go hand in hand. No matter how big a cricketer is, no matter many hours are spent at the nets, cricketers, now and then, have always had certain superstitions. Take a look.
Even the god is not immune to these superstitions. Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar always puts on his left pad first while going out to bat.
Yuvraj Singh wears a jersey with the number 12 on it since his birthday is on the 12th of December, which also happens to be the 12th month of the year. He considers it to be his lucky number. He also wears a black thread on his wrist.
Like Yuvraj, India skipper MS Dhoni is also very superstitious about a number. Born on July 7, Dhoni considers it as his lucky number. No need to guess that July is the seventh month of the year. He sports number seven on his jersey.
Youngster Virat Kohli was once quoted as saying, "Earlier, I used to wear the same pair of gloves with which I'd been scoring. That phase has gone as now I look for comfort. Now the superstition revolves around wearing black wristbands."
Indian seamer Zaheer Khan considers a yellow handkerchief as his lucky charm. He carries it in every crucial match.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly always used to carry a photo of his Guru (spiritual teacher) in his pocket when he was out in the field. Other than that, he was also seen wearing chains and tabeez.
India's opening batsman Virender Sehwag is seen wearing a number-less jersey these days as there were differences over what number suits him. He decided not to sport any number. Other than that, he is known to carry a red handkerchief.
Former Australian captain Steve Waugh also used to carry a red handkerchief in his left pocket which was known to be given by his grandfather once.
Former Sri Lankan batsman Roshan Mahanama used to chant a 'mantra' and kiss the tip of his bat's handle before every ball.
Former India skipper Mahammad Azharuddin was always seen wearing a black 'tabeez' around his neck, which he used to take out whenever he came out to bat.
Former Indian batsman Krishnamachari Srikkanth used to look at the sun, always wear the left pad first and always walked to the right of his partner while going to bat.
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