In India, cricket is not just a game; it is a universal religion that binds people of every class and caste. However, did you know that some of the “gods” of Indian cricket have their own set of superstitions? How much do they rely on these, and how much luck do these actually bring them, is apparently a secret. But as long as, our team brings us glory, fame and trophies, we can let them stick to their quirks. Let’s take a look at some of their bizarre beliefs.
Zaheer Khan and “Kissa Roomaal Ka”
This Indian fast bowler has a lucky kerchief. Yup, it is yellow and is his very own lucky charm. He pockets his lucky handkerchief every time he goes out on the field.
Sourav Ganguly’s respect for his Guru
The Bengal Tiger of Cricket was known to always keep a picture of his Guru in his pocket. Whenever he was on the field, his Guru accompanied him.
The “Gloved” beliefs of Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli is known to have a beloved pair of gloves. He goes out to play wearing these particular gloves because he assumes that wearing them helps him score high for his team.
Virendra Sehwag and the Case of the Missing Jersey Number
This explosive batsman played with number 44 for a long time, but the number did not do much for him. So, after consulting a numerologist, he decided to go numberless. His superstition is not to have a superstition, perhaps.
Dhoni and No. 7
The Indian captain has a bond with No. 7, which he believes helps him win matches and score runs for his team. Since he is one of the most successful captains in Indian cricketing history, we are glad he has No. 7.
Sachin Tendulkar’s Left Before Right
The “real god” of Indian cricket, master blaster, too had an interesting belief that if he put on his left pad before the right one, it would help him win matches.
Yuvraj’s Game of 12
Yuvraj was born on 12th Dec, which made it the 12th day of 12th month. The Indian batsman considers 12 his lucky number, which is on his jersey.