Funky sporting hairstyles

Team India skipper and Team Chennai’s captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s latest look could given even top footballers a run for their money.

Mohawk Mahi is here!
During his first match of the Champions League, Mahi surprised everyone with a mohawk look — one that reminds sporting fans of Italian footballer Mario Balotelli. We take a look at his hairstyles through the years…

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The mane point

When this young man from Ranchi burst on to the cricket scene, he sported flying locks, thus inspiring many fans in the country to follow suit. His exploits on the field when he got India through the winning line during the Twenty20 World Cup in 2007 are well-known. Throughout the tournament, he sported this look and it was considered lucky for him. Reportedly, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf is a big fan of the cricketer in long hair and had even requested him once not to cut it! His coloured streaks were much talked about as well during this phase of his career.

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Bald and the beautiful
Immediately after winning the 2011 World Cup, Captain Cool went bald, thus surprising cricket fans across the country. Speculation was rife then that he had done so because of some offering to God. But Dhoni dismissed all that, saying, “With summer approaching, I wanted a lean look. So I decided to go bald.”

Mahi in military style!
In the years leading to the 2011 World Cup, he sported a hairstyle akin to what the men training in the army sport. This crop-cut came in much handy for the cricketer as he represents the hot-and-sultry Chennai in the IPL. Interestingly, Dhoni had said, “Once my cricket career is over, I would definitely like to serve in the Army.”

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He never goes out of the news, does he? Sreesanth made headlines for his rather bizarre hairdo — a mohawk with purple and orange streaks.

Mario Balotelli
The Italian forward is known not only for his talent, but also for his peculiar personality and ability to always be in the spotlight, for both good and bad reasons. He is also in the limelight for the hairstyles he sports.

Ronaldo arrived at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea with the ridiculous haircut that he sported for the whole tournament, which consisted of a fringe and little else. Did the clippers lose power half-way through the chop?

Mitchell Johnson
Mitchell Johnson of Australia, during the ICC Champions Trophy match against England at Edgbaston in 2013 in Birmingham, sported this look.

David Beckham
David Beckham sports a new haircut as he stands at attention for the US National Anthem before facing Houston Dynamo during the Major League Soccer (MLS) Western Conference Final in Carson, California, in 2009.

Kevin Pietersen
South African-born English cricketer Kevin Pietersen had a streak of blonde added down the centre of his head during the Ashes 2005. It was quickly dubbed the skunk and he made the haircut worse, turning the blonde streak blue mid series.

Chamara Kapugedera
Sri Lankan aggressive right-hander Chamara Kapugedera sported a new hairstyle during the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo’s hairdresser works overtime with the footballer as he keeps coming out on to the field with different hairstyles.

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