There was once a time when the players played in whites, you had to be really attentive to keep track of them. The style quotient however flamboyant wasn’t really the way it ought to have looked with the jaded whites not making any impact on the photograph too.
There were days even earlier when the likes of Sir Richards, and Shastri modelling for Only Vimal suitings, well all these off the cricketing action in fact. They had a charm but well all you could watch was that shot and the leg work or sometimes the run up and the action of the bowler.
Then the colours came in, one day internationals was not jaded in whites, the gentleman’s game was getting some colour on the field literally. then on the colour have ruled the roost in yellow, blues, greens not to mention the maroon.
One of the biggest and closest moments someone came to be associated with style and cricket officially was when the Pakistani President Musharaf requested Dhoni not to cut his long mane – hair during his T20 trophy presentation. Did we hear it right, well fashion and dressing had changed by then. India was in blues, and till day continues to #bleedblue ofcourse of varying shades of blue that is.
Ofcourse the foreign players on a Mohawk haircut or a shaved one would not have been a great sight but Indians team and its players have also started to don some significant changes in their attitude wearing the fashion on their sleeve, er on the head and sometimes the moustache. And when Dhoni did it was news flashy across…
As I write this there are enough reports on the style quotient especially with respect to Shikar Dhawan’s moustache so much that the Gillette is reporting slow down in sales. Just kidding. This is also the target audience’s involvement in fashion that gets reflected in the dressing room.
I heard Harsha during the commentary during the recent world cup matches on how the Indian boys would have done their haircut in Australia, may be they were helping themselves in the dressing room. Now apart from the way they wield a bat or bowl a fine length its their looks and the hair that have now become the talk of the town ofcourse all these with the performance that they match on ground.
You cannot dismiss the coloring of the hair either. The best of the lot Malinga can look menacing with his colour and add fire power to his pace if you ask me.
Colours colours everywhere and to top it all a trimmed hair head in a moments notice and a worldcup trophy – that was Dhoni for you.
The tatoo play: These days we have seen the tatoos with Virat and other players sporting them in a style to match the aggressiveness they sport on the field. It adds to the style quotient without any doubt.
Its now a game with so much at stake and well if you ask me there is a lot of it with style adding to it.
I am sure we have come a long way. Just take a look at this pic when Kapil Dev and his men won the 1984 worldcup with the then Indian Prime Minister. That almost look like the men are from a corporate club working 🙂
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