Hair, the long and short of it

What is a haircut? Simply somethin to keep your hair in place or a fashion statement? Well for cricketers today…its a major fashion statement. If you’ve failed to notice all the bleach that is found in people’s hair these days…well then you must be enjoyin that rock you’re livin under! The originality and confidence to hav haircuts like these should be applauded but are they really benefiting anyone?

Take Lasith Malinga. Probably one of the best fast bowlers in the world…but is the long curly hair with the blonde highlights really necessary? Im sure everyone agrees its hardly practical for bowling…you go in to bowl the ball and whats the first thing you see…yep BLONDE right in front of your face…but how can he be the one of the best bowlers in the world if he can’t even see where he’s bowling? Your guess is as good as mine. Malinga has had his range of blondes as well…we’ve had our sandy blonde and our bleach blonde…and yet he jus can’t let go of the blonde! Yet with this hair…he has managed to be named sexiest cricketer in the world cup…i guess that whole tall, dark and handsome thing is a bit overdone :P…

Another crazy long haired fast bowler is Ishant Sharma. Unmistakely a fantastic bowler at 19 but is the long hair really doin him any favours? You’ve got to admit that his hairstyle is hardly a fashion statement…more of a disaster…especially when bowling in the sub continent!…isn’t the practical use of the long hair to keep your neck warm…well you’re burnin up as hell in the sub continent as it is…its hardly helpin the man! When asked bout his hair he said “I started sporting long hair as a style statement, but now I am really superstitious about my hair. I am not going in for short hair ever!” A style statement?!…really ishant…are you sure?! :P…

Next up Kevin Pietersen. Even before i liked cricket…i knew bout KP’s hair style…well maybe thats jus the fact we all adore him in england…but really talk bout a fashion statement! Although i could never understand how he came up with it…he looks in the mirror one day…sees perfect dark brown hair…and thinks “you kno what will look good…a blonde strip”…ye well maybe he wanted to distract the bowlers. The “dead skunk” look as it has been described took the world by storm…every KP lover was after the strip and maybe jus maybe it improved their batting. But yet even though this hairstyle was random as hell…it jus made him look better and more attractive! So maybe a bit of blonde does go a long way :P…

Last example is Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The man’s hairstyle has changed the indian lives forever…every boy who loved cricket wanted the “Dhoni” much like the kids in england want the latest “Beckham”. His long hair was seen as a good luck charm to the world over…but then why cut it?…In my personal opinion…either way he looks gorgeous…but the discussion of why he cut his hair has been contemplated in india for a long time. Some stories state that he cut his hair because he wanted to look like his favourite actor John Abraham…whereas other sources say that he was in love with Deepika Padukone and she asked him to cut it!…well you decide…do you think dhoni would cut his hair for a girl?!…ye well i don’t…he has enough girls after him as it is :P…

But really…could hair actually be a good luck charm?…these are the questions we can never answer…but it doesn’t stop our cricketers from tryin :)!


  1. Sachith said:

    Nice read,
    for me these hairstyles just makes the game more interesting, i guess not for everybody.

    September 23, 2008
  2. Ottayan said:

    You missed the hairiest of them all – Ryan Sidebottom.:)

    September 23, 2008
  3. Damith S. said:

    Ottayan you are right.
    I cannot believe Milla missed him

    I have to reconsider her posting authority on flyslip !

    September 24, 2008
  4. Milla said:

    thanks guys 🙂
    and damith…you missed him too :P!

    September 24, 2008
  5. Damith S. said:

    Milla> As an author on Flyslips balls we do expect more from you.

    Consider this strike one…tsk tsk…

    September 25, 2008
  6. The One said:

    What do you guys have with long hair in the first place? I also have sort of long hair… 😉
    Btw who did write this? Da-Myth or Ca-Mylla? 😀

    Seriously, they add some flair to the game I’d say. Isn’t Mali is a treat to watch? And KP wasn’t that bad either, though I have to admit that Sharma sucks big time.
    And adding some flair in this manner is rather good than cheerleaders I guess…

    September 25, 2008
  7. Damith S. said:

    The one> Credit goes to Milla.

    We love hair.

    Because at flyslip (as the title says)- we look for missing balls.

    This invariably means we must deal with hair(in all shapes and sizes) at one point or the other if you catch my drift

    Regarding Sharma. Milla is contemplating a sequel, cuz Sharmas hair deserves it.

    September 26, 2008
  8. Milla said:

    damith…don’t be mean to the newbie 🙁
    and yes i am indeed considerin a sharma sequel!
    i will intently watch his hair progress 😛

    September 28, 2008
  9. Damith S. said:

    Calm down Milla, your not losing your hair or something are you ?

    September 28, 2008
  10. MarcusFromBrazil said:

    Very great article! I do like longhair on men and I’m sure its a precious gift a man can have. Sikhs, Nazirites, Native Americans, and so on, are associated to virility and braveness, not only because they were what they were, but ’cause of their nice hair! Woman started doing the same, just when they were left behing in History. Slaveness was substitued by machines, and employees lost their self-esteem. Longhair means self-esteem and good mental health.

    December 23, 2008
  11. diia said:

    sharma ‘s hair is the coolest.
    y did u miss symaonds??

    March 11, 2009
  12. Lol that’s not even Chris Brown. It’s a look a like.

    March 25, 2009
  13. iheartmorpheus said:

    i loooove Malinga… I like the shorter hair he had during this year’s IPL & last night’s big blonde do… I love how unfazed he is & I also loved how he smiled as he walked onto the pitch only to get out immediately…

    September 15, 2009

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