Hardik Pandya might be the new emerging start of Indian cricket with his swashbuckling performances ever since he made his debut for the Men in Blue but off late, the all-rounder has been making headlines with his funky hairstyles.
The 23-year-old Pandya sported a new take on the Mohawk haircut before embarking on India’s ongoing tour of Sri Lanka which had social media abuzz with its look.
The youngster, who is known to accelerate rapidly batting down the order, likes to also update his hairdos at a similar pace.
Before the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka in Colombo, Pandya unveiled his newest hairstyle which one again set the tongues wagging on social media.
What is certain from looking at the all-rounder’s new hairdo is that he is quite bold when it comes to fashion.
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 31, 2017
Even the BCCI could not help themselves as the discussions on the latest fad raged on.
The board quizzed fans on social media as to who could be responsible for Pandya’s latest style-statement. The three names thrown in to mix were of KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan and Pandya himself.
While the results of the poll haven’t been released as of yet, it will be interesting to see who could be the inspiration behind the youngster’s hairdo.
Rahul who himself is no stranger to bold haircuts would certainly be a good shout while Dhawan sure knows how to twirl a moustache in style.
With the complexity surrounding the haircut in question, it would be hard to imagine that Pandya himself could fix the hair.
It definitely looks like a toss-up between Rahul and Dhawan for the role of the unofficial hairstylist of Pandya but the fans will need to wait for the official results of the poll to come out to confirm our suspicions.
After leading India to a convincing 168-run victory over hosts Sri Lanka in the fourth ODI of the five-match series at Colombo on Thursday, skipper Virat Kohli found himself being interviewed by a familiar face in the dressing room.
Vice-captain Rohit Sharma shed his cricket pads and took up the microphone as he turned interviewer for fellow centurion Kohli after the post-match presentation.
Centuries from the two had enabled the visitors to take a commanding 4-0 lead in the series as they put on an imposing total of 375 runs after batting first.
Kohli was awarded the man-of-the-match for his 131 off just 96 deliveries and his deputy could not stop gushing about the former’s captaincy.
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 1, 2017
Sharma congratulated the skipper for his performance and remarked that the team has been really performing well ever since Kohli’s tenure began. The opener asked if there was any particular aspect of the team that the Delhi-born man would like to talk about.
“It is amazing to lead this team. You know how the changing-room environment is and how the team gels well together. I think that for me is the most special thing,” Kohli said in reply.
“I think it’s the hunger of all the guys in the team that is making us play this way and it’s amazing to see guys be so hungry. They still want to go out there and do it for two more games (in this series),” he added.
The Indian batting maestro also had kind words for the support staff of the Indian team who have helped the side climb up the rankings from seventh to the top in the span of his captaincy.
It seems that King Kohli is very pleased with the current group’s camaraderie stretching from the players to the coaching staff.
Indeed, he has every reason to be, after India completed a 3-0 whitewash of the islanders in the Test series and look on-course to complete another in the ODIs.
On a day when he marked his 300th appearance in the ODI format, MS Dhoni continued to send the record books tumbling with his characteristic display with both bat and gloves.
The former Indian skipper’s unbeaten 49 off 42 deliveries in the visitor’s imposing score of 375 was the 73rd instance of Dhoni remaining not-out in 50-over competition.
With this innings, he overtook Sri Lanka’s Chaminda Vaas and South Africa’s Shaun Pollock as the batsman with the most number of unbeaten knocks in ODI history.
Dhoni also became the first batsman to hold a batting overage of over 50 having played over 300 ODIs – he now averages 52.20 with the bat.
There were still a couple of milestones which the Ranchi-born maverick missed out on Thursday, though.
MS Dhoni Becomes 1st Player In History To Play 300 Matches With Average Of 50+
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) August 31, 2017
The 36-year-old came in to bat after Angelo Mathews’ double-strike had reduced India to 262-4 as the boundaries dried up for the visitors. With the hosts looking for a way back into the game, Dhoni suppressed any ambitions Sri Lanka had by doing what he does best, finishing.
The experienced veteran kept his calm and composure to combine with Manish Pandey to ensure that India finished strongly after a late wobble.
His single off the penultimate delivery of India’s innings meant that the wicketkeeper-batsman will need at least one more match to join an elite group of players with 100 half-centuries in the 50-over format.
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 31, 2017
Dhoni had a busy day behind the stumps in the second-half of the game where he claimed three catches.
However, the man who had recently levelled Kumar Sangakkara’s record of 99 stumpings, was left hanging in his hunt for a century of such dismissals.
As he continues to prove his detractors wrong with every passing game, there is no doubt that those records too will tumble in due course.