Cricket has always be more than just a sport in this country. People follow it like a religion and worship their favourite cricketers like gods. While we all have had a favourite in every generation, there are many cricketing legends who continue to grab the headlines even after retiring from professional cricket. They get all the attention for their fashion sensibilities, instead.
Here are some cricketers who are known for their swag.
Azhar was known for always keeping collars upright
1. Mohammad Azharuddin: India’s most controversial captain, Mohammad Azharuddin led the nation to three different world cups and was touted as India’s greatest product ever. While his ethics and morals are often challenged, his cricketing abilities were unquestionable.
Another unquestionable aspect was his style. As a cricketer, Azhar was known for contrasting his uniform. The right-handed batsman was known for wearing a white helmet, though the uniform had a blue one. Before it became a trend, Azhar would keep the collars of his jersey erect. The style was followed widely by young Indians.
After retiring from cricket and entering politics, Azhar maintained his style sensibility. The well-built man now wear tapered trousers with shirts. As in his younger days, Azhar still takes pride in keeping his collars erect. His shirt buttons are still mostly undone.
Ravi Shastri cuts a sharp figure
2. Ravi Shastri: The Big Man of Indian cricket, Ravi Shastri continuous to inspire us with his style through his television appearances. As a cricketer, Ravi was simple and never did anything extraordinary with his jersey. But after retiring, Ravi saw a promising future as a commentator and has been giving people major fashion goals. He is a versatile dresser and rocks all his looks.
From his gentlemanly suits to his casual daywear, Ravi Shastri does everything perfectly. His love for sunglasses and Indianwear make him a complete man.
Navjot Singh Sidhu is a popular face on television
3. Navjot Singh Sidhu: 'Sidhu paaji' we know today defines gentlemanly class and is one of the most popular faces on TV. During his heydays in cricket as an aggressive batsman, Sidhu would dress simply in denims and shirts. He never seemed to be fond of dressing up, but today, he can challenge the most dapper Bollywood actors when it comes to style.
He dresses up in smart Westernwear and amps it up with matching turbans. He also doesn’t mind wearing bandhgalas on occasions and make sure his dressing game is always perfect. From teens to senior citizens, Sidhu has a lesson for all.
Rahul Dravid is seen coaching several teams in India
4. Rahul Dravid: The ultimate ambassador of cricket, Rahul Dravid was always known for his gentlemanly approach towards the game. The same reflects in his personal style, which can be best described as simple and sensible. 'The Wall' dresses in simple tees, polos and trousers for his professional appearances. When he is grooming younger cricketers as a coach, he makes sure he is in his trademark track pants and jerseys.
Zaheer Khan leads the Delhi Daredevils in IPL 9
5. Zaheer Khan: One of the most recently retired cricketers, Zaheer Khan continues to make his presence felt. On the field, Zaheer would never experiment with his jersey but would always keep changing his hairstyle. Zaheer would change his look often and has inspired many trends. His hairstyle during the 2011 World Cup campaign was loved by the youth.
He had also walked the ramp during his playing days and modeled for several brands. Now, for his television appearances, Zaheer opts for bandhgalas more often.