Of cricket, charisma and the fine gentlemen
Ages ago when cricket first made its public appearance as an official sport, nobody could have imagined that the gentleman’s game would some day belong to the trendiest on and off the field. Here’s the lowdown on the world’s five most stylish cricketers who have caught the world’s attention.
What makes Yuvraj a hot property for ever-so-demanding endorsements? And what distinguishes Malinga from others on the field? No, it's not their style of cricket but their cricket with style. <br /> <br /> Ages ago when cricket first made its public appearance as an official sport, nobody could have imagined that the gentleman’s game would some day belong to the trendiest on and off the field. <br /> <br /> But today we have the likes of MS Dhoni and Kevin Pietersen who are known as much for being powerful strikers of the ball as for their striking style statements. They have hit the headlines with their superb show along the 22-yard playing strip and then they have set the ramps on fire by occasionally with remarkable élan. And if not with the bat and ball, they have at times made their presence felt with their impossible-to-ignore hairdos and diamond-studded ear tops and ear rings. <br /> <br /> Here’s the lowdown on the world’s five most stylish cricketers who have caught the world’s attention.
<p>He's original and bold. What Ishant used to flaunt a few months back, Mahi had already made waves with it a year back. Yes, we are talking about his wavy locks that made headlines not only countrywide but worldwide. Dhoni’s playing style and hairstyle went hand in hand turning even the President of India’s traditional rival Pakistan into his ardent fan. Musharraf was not only impressed by Dhoni's scintillating knocks but also seemed fascinated by his hairdo. The President who was present at one of the prize-giving ceremonies during India's last tour of Pakistan, congratulated the Indian wicketkeeper batsman for his great knock, then smiled and said, "There was a placard held by a fan asking Dhoni to cut his hair. But my suggestion to Dhoni is he should not cut his hair. You look very good in it." Dhoni broke into a huge grin and so did the spectators and the entire Indian team.<br /> <br /> The on-field coolness reflects in his style of dressing too. His looks have the perfect blend of rawness and innocence. He has the right mix of attitude and charisma to make him the heartthrob of many a beauties. Ms. Padukone might just agree with us on that. It’s been heard through the grapevine that Bollywood diva Deepika Padukone had once asked Dhoni to chop his hair off and get a new look. Guess what? He did it.</p>
<em>Punjab da puttar</em> Harbhajan has an inimitable style. From spinning the ball to his spinning dance moves, Bhajji knows what it takes to be a complete performer. He demands special outfits for special occasions. The offie flaunts exclusive pieces by designer AD Singh from the time he was smitten by his artistic work and AD became the official in-charge of his dress code. <br /> <br /> The Turbanator who has often been dubbed "controversies' favourite child", found himself in yet another row but this time a "stylish" one. Harbhajan’s metrosexual appearance (with uncovered hair) in an advertisement gave sparked a furore across the Sikh community. His apology managed to work as a balm but only after great hoo-ha and much drama. <br /> <br /> Harbhajan also succeeded in setting the small screen on fire when he took part in the dance reality show – <em>Ek Khiladhi Ek Haseena</em>, with television actress Mona Singh. He danced his heart out to win the competition and leave behind elegant dancers like S Sreesanth, Irfan Pathan and Vinod Kambli. Cricket stars shaking a leg, Bollywood style, was really a treat to watch and Bhajji, no doubt, stole the show!
He’s the only player in the Sri-Lankan cricket history to come out with a bold style statement that landed him in a war of words with the game’s gurus. World Cup 2007 saw his blonde-streaked hairdo turning quite a number of heads and the slinger hogged all the limelight in international newspapers. His appearance is raw and loud making it least possible to go unnoticed. Spectators considered the pacer too sexy for the Sri Lankan team and Malinga to some extent gave his virtual consent by sticking to his style. <br /> <br /> A true metrosexual by all counts, the specialist fast bowler has his biceps tattooed, eyebrows pierced and his hair coloured. For a team that proudly sports a gentlemanly look, Malinga may be considered too trendy, something even his staunchest don’t approve of. But the pacer decided not to give in and stuck to his individuality. Well, that kind of a funky look can only be carried by men with immense confidence and Malinga certainly doesn’t fall short of that.
That dimpled smile on his face says it all. He’s tall, attractive and doesn’t need any renowned designer to make him look over-the-top. Australia’s Brett Lee is a style icon in the true sense of the word. He doesn’t need accessories, tattoos and ear rings to make him look good. His charming personality is enough to floor his fans. <br /> <br /> Then, what is it that makes him different? Lee’s exclusive clothing label gets him an edge above the other charismatic cricketers. He has given a personal touch to the brand ‘Brett Lee’ that ranges from business suits to contemporary jackets. The pastel shades and soothing textures reflect the lethal bowler’s vibrant personality.
<p>If there were a phrase like ‘Tall, smart and handsome’, KP would rightly typify it. The attacking right-handed batsman, arguably the most talented for England in its recent cricket history, is 6’4 and has a natural star appeal. His aggressive style makes him even more magnetic. </p> <p>Numerous blogs across the world wide web not only laud aloud his spectacular sportsmanship and passion for the game but also his qualities as a human. This surely speaks volumes about his charisma off the field. </p> <p>From smart-yet-fashionable hairdos to weird tattoos, Pietersen has always been a trendsetter. His love for fashion could turn the Hollywood stars green with envy. The way he carries himself on and off the field is impeccable. Wonder if any cricketer will ever be able to match this brilliant blend of cricketing talent and personal charisma.</p>