The reason behind India’s flamboyant pacer Ishant Sharma’s new hair style has revealed. Ishant has missed the first Test of the Gandhi-Mandela series as he was suspended for one match due to animated behaviour in Sri Lanka Test series victory.
In the second Test at Bangalore, Ishant was seen with a ‘Samurai’ ponytail.
The new hairstyle of 27-year-old bowler is not a the reflection of superstition. Ishant father Vinay Sharma in an interview with Deccan Chronicle said, “Ishant recently got this new look. He is not superstitious but might have been advised by his teammates not to cut his hair and keep a ponytail instead. Today’s youngsters do not consult their parents when it comes to fashion. Whatever it is, he looks better. Also, thanks to the ponytail, his long hair will not fall on his face and distract him while bowling, as was the case earlier.”
Ishant’s childhood coach Shravan Kumar was also not surprised with Ishant’s new look. He said Ishant has been following the Bollywood trend. He even compared Ishant’s hair with legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev’s ponytail.
But, there is a funny story regarding the ponytail. Once Middlesex captain Mike Gatting had advised English bowler Phill Tufnell to cut his ponytail. To ensure that Tufnell follows his instruction Gatting himself took the bowler to a barber shop.
“He came to me with the new hairstyle a few days ago and so I was not surprised. Today’s youngsters follow Bollywood stars and Ishant may have felt the ponytail would suit him more. Ishant, however, is not the first Indian cricketer to have a ponytail. Kapil Dev, in the later years of his career, also had one,” Kumar said.
However, footballers are more known for their hair style than cricketers. Among the current bloke of international footballers Swedish star, Zlatan Ibrahimović is famous for his ponytail.
Pakistan cricketers are known for their long mop hair. Shoaib Akhtar also had had long hair. MS Dhoni used to sports mohawk hair during his early days in international cricket. But, some great cricketers from other countries also used to have long hair. Australian pacers Jason Gillespie, Jeff Thomson and Dennis Lillee have sported a ponytail.