The young Indian cricketers, Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul have always been known for their styles and recently during an event, the veteran Indian opener, Rohit Sharma revealed that Rahul and Hardik like styling their hair like footballers in the reflection of their love of the game.
The 26-year-old Pandya, who is recovering from a lower back injury following an operation in October, remains popular among young fans with his attractive hairstyles, tattoos, and in-your-face attitude. Rahul, who has always been known for wearing trendy clothing brands played a key role in India’s series-clinching win over West Indies on Wednesday.
During an event in which he was named India’s ambassador of La Liga club Real Madrid, Rohit said, “The young guys who have come into the team like Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, they all follow football. They do watch all these footballers, their hairstyle and what they do with their hairstyle.”
Rohit, a swashbuckling opener who leads the Twenty20 batting chart jointly with skipper Virat Kohli, is a self-confessed Zinedine Zidane fan.
Talking about football further, Sharma said, “This is not because I am associated with La Liga. I used to love Zinedine Zidane, I watched him play and that’s how I started watching football regularly. Real Madrid is again (my best club) because of the skill and passion, how they play and how much skills they have within the group.”
Another big fan of football in Indian cricket is MS Dhoni who also co-owns a team in the Indian Super League besides showcasing his soccer skills in charity matches. Rohit rates Dhoni, who has kept mum on rumors surrounding his retirement after skipping all the series following India’s World Cup exit, as the number one footballer in Team India.
Sharma explained, “There are lots of them actually, we have got Zlatan Ibrahimovic in our squad as well, that’s Ishant Sharma. M S Dhoni is the number one football player.”