Movember is an annual event held to raise awareness on men’s health issues. It calls for growing moustaches during November. In cricket, moustaches have been an integral style in a player’s personality in the 20th century. But now, the style has changed with players wearing a stubble or a beard.
Virat Kohli’s beard gives him a distinct look to the personality. But there have been some players who have worn or wear moustaches in style. Cricwizz takes a look at the current and former cricketers who sported moustaches and looked menacing in it.
The stylish left-handed opener wears his moustache in style and loves to flaunt it. Whenever he reaches a ton, he gives his moutache a twirl and raises his arms in celebration. His moustache adds depth to his character and suits his personality. Dhawan has added another celebration mode when he takes a catch. He slaps his thigh and raises his hand in celebration. He even has had his moustache be an integral part of a TV ad. His moustache ends rise in glee on hearing a favourable news in the commercial. Dhawan has scored 4935 runs @45.70 in 115 ODIs, while he is in and out of the Test team.
Moustache has always been an integral part of Australian cricketers’ personalities. Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson sported a handlebar moustache during his team’s 5-0 thrashing of England in 2014 Ashes. Johnson looked threatening in his moustache as he destroyed England and walked away with Man of the Series award. However, Johnson shaved off his menacing moustache after the series win in a public event. Johnson has retired from all forms of cricket now.
The former Australian cricketer sported a hairy moustache throughout his career and looked menacing when he blasted the bowling attack out of the park. His portly figure coupled with the hairy moustache added a great depth to his personality and when he walked out to bat, it instilled fear in the minds of the opposition. He cracked over 13,000 runs in international cricket and scored 26 tons in Tests and ODIs combined.
Sir Ian Botham sported varied moustaches in his career
The former England all-rounder kept varied moustaches during his playing days. But his moustache added another dimension to his character, as he went about punishing the opposition with his batting and bowling. But post his playing days, Botham opted for various facial hairs such as stubble or a french cut. Botham scored 5200 runs and took 383 wickets in 102 Tests, marking him one of the best all-rounders to have played the game.
Graham Gooch looks suave in his moustache
The former England batsman has had the suavest and well-maintained moustache that gave his face an added glow. Gooch’s moustache was the highlight of his personality during his playing days. However, Gooch also sported a clean-shaven look during his cricketing days. And during his life post-cricket, he was hardly spotted in a moustache, occasionally going for a stubble look or maintaining a clean visage most of the time. Gooch scored 8,900 runs in 118 Tests for England.
He was one of the best fast bowlers of his generation. The Australian always sported a hairy moustache during his playing days and post-retirement. His moustache was part of his personality and he carried with elan. Even when he sported a bald look post-retirement, he had his moustache in place. Lillee took 355 wickets in just 70 Tests for Australia.
Like other Australian cricketers, Merv Hughes too sported a hairy, handlebar moustache. But he went on to insure his moustache for £225,000, highlighting how moustaches were an integral look to Australian cricketers then. Hughes scored 1032 runs and took 212 wickets in 52 Tests.
The former England cricketer features in this list as he sported a unique moustache that was just the opposite of the regular facial hair that cricketers sported then. His end of the moustache ran right to the chin and was just slightly different from a handlebar moustache. He even carried his moustache to other sports he played. He is the only cricketer with a moustache to compete as a martial artist.