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Hair-raising battle between India's cricket captains

India Today logo India Today 17-09-2016
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When it comes to trendy and cool hairdos, India limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Test skipper Virat Kohli never fail to impress. Both the captains have never shied away from experimenting with their hair. While Dhoni has sported a long list of hairstyles in his long career, Kohli too likes to flaunt a new hairdo before every cricket series.

Dhoni the trendsetter: He is one of those cricketers who loves to try out wacky hairdos and has resembled different hairstyles throughout. Right from his unruly billowing mane to a daring mohawk, Dhoni sported almost every hairstyle with ease be it short hair, military cut, buzz cut and what not.

The Ranchi star went on to become one of the most influential youth icons of recent times and even soared over Bollywood celebrities in terms of popularity. As much as his unorthodox batting style, Dhoni's changing locks too became talk to the town.

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Meanwhile, Kohli, who debuted in 2008, took the style battle a notch higher with his good looks.

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Kohli, who became India's batting mainstay in no time, wasted no opportunity in taking his popularity to the millions of cricket-crazy fans.

Unlike Dhoni, who did not mind going to his local salons in Ranchi, Kohli got appointments with India's leading celebrity hairstylist Apeni George, who boats of clients like Yujraj Singh.

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When Dhoni stormed into the big scene, his batting prowess and long mane impressed President Pervez Musharraf when India toured Pakistan in 2007. However, not long after, Dhoni chopped off his hair and thus began, a long period of experimentation. Meanwhile, Kohli preferred shorter cuts to suit his rugged Delhi looks.

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Who can forget Dhoni's iconic and uncharacteristic mohawk style during the 2013 Champions League T20? The Chennai Super Kings skipper surprised everyone including the commentators with his funky mohawk as he took the field against South Africa's Titans. Dhoni's new hairdo was quite similar to Italian footballer Mario Balotelli.

Kohli, who is known for his aggressive style of play, however, was not shy of surprising everyone with a geeky hairstyle, which was adored by the fans.

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Dhoni, who led India to ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy in 2011 after 28 years, went bald soon after. During the official photo shoot with the trophy at the Gateway of India in Mumbai, Dhoni unveiled his new look, taking all by surprise.

Kohli, after a while, decided to stick to his sharp undercut style with heavy top hair. It soon became popular in the entire country with people starting to refer it is 'Kohli Cut'.

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Apart from his hair, Kohli also set new beard goals for his fans. The stylish cricketer likes to keep his beard sharp and in shape to go with his changing hairstyle.

Meanwhile, Dhoni who always went out of the ordinary hairstyles, experimented with buzz cut - short hair with full bear to get the angry young man look.

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Recently, Dhoni has preferred to sport a 'boy next door' look with comparatively long hair on the top and buzzed sides. However, Kohli, moving on from his under cut hair, opted for a crew cut prior to the West Indies series.

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This is how Dhoni looks now, He was at the US Open and will next be seen in action when India take on New Zealand in an ODI series.

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Kohli, who will lead India in a three-Test series starting September 22 against New Zealand, tweeted his latest look after a session with Apeni George.

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