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5 Indian Players & Their Most Iconic On-Field Habits That Fans Have Noticed A Million Times

MensXP logo MensXP 15-09-2022 Aditya Pandey
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Cricketers have different techniques and their own unique ways to go about in a match. Every now and then, players develop their own iconic habits on the field that end up becoming so famous that fans start imitating them. 

Here are five Indian cricketers and their most iconic habits on the field:

MS Dhoni Strapping His Gloves

One of his most recognisable habits is continuously buckling his gloves. Every time MS Dhoni knocks a four or a six, he strides down the field like a tiger, tucking his blade under his arm, and then unbuckles both of his gloves before strapping them again.

The Ranchi-born cricketer has made it a habit to hold off till the bowler resumes his run-up. Dhoni then takes a silent look around the field, raises both of his arms, and sorts something with his thumb inside of his helmet while also fixing his sleeves.

Virat Kohli’s Bat Twirl

Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli may have given a whole generation of kids the idea to flamboyantly spin the bat in their hands. He is also one of the rare international cricketers who has achieved success in all three game forms equally.

Since making his international cricket debut, Kohli has developed a reputation for entering the middle of the field with a fiery, upbeat demeanour, a wristband, and a twirl of his bat. Almost immediately after each delivery, Kohli raises his bat and casually twirls it in the direction of the slip before returning to his position.

The bat twirl is an extension of Virat Kohli's signature West Delhi boy swag. He is known for wearing his heart on his sleeve.

Rishabh Pant’s Kip-Up

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The wicketkeeper batter for the Men in Blue is as deceptive as they come. Often teased to be on the chubbier side, the 23-year-old has shocked the world with his amazing agility and quickness on the feet.

However, there is one thing that Pant can do wherever he wants and it always ends up shocking the fans and even his own teammates. Sometimes, when the keeper falls flat on the back while diving for a catch or protecting the boundary, he kips-up Shawn Michaels style with extreme ease.

Virender Sehwag’s Red Handkerchief

One of the few international cricketers who established themselves despite not having a textbook batting technique was Virender Sehwag, known for his aggressive hitting. Instead, the cricketer from Delhi used his exceptional hand-eye coordination, which helped him in international play.

One of the earliest memories of any cricket fan who saw the Delhi star during his prime is the red handkerchief peeking out of his left pocket before Virender Sehwag dismissed the ball to the boundary.

Sachin Tendulkar Adjusting Things Down There

Other cricketers who have played alongside Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar over the years have noted a variety of his idiosyncrasies.

When going out to bat in the middle, Sachin Tendulkar, a legendary cricketer in his own right, always made it a point to put on his left pad first. To adjust his cricket gear, Tendulkar also had a bad tendency of ducking a little. The young man from Mumbai did this pretty frequently—almost before each delivery he encountered.

Despite playing cricket for 24 years and maintaining composure, Tendulkar was highly particular about his gear. He did not want anyone to touch his cricket gear.

Additionally, he had a habit of tapping the region of the pitch where the ball was bowled following delivery by moving along the track. When the bowler was warming up, Tendulkar occasionally used to rotate his shoulder just before making contact with the ball.

Additionally, if one of his teammates was performing well in the middle, it is reported that Sachin Tendulkar kept his teammates fixed to their positions.

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