With Pakistani cricketer Haris Sohail's rant about being under the spell of black magic during the Test series against South Africa, and blaming an incantation for his knee injury and the poor performance making the headlines, we got the idea to list down some of the weirdest superstitions that have influenced some of the greatest cricketers of India for years during their impressive careers.1. Virat Kohli's Uncanny Obsession With Handwear:
In his 10 years of playing for the Indian cricket team, the skipper has had a good number of records tallied under his name. While the entire nation and the rest of the world are in awe of the man's expertise at the pitch, Kohli credits something a lot more strange for his success i.e; his favourite pair of gloves.
During his early stint of success with the Men in Blue, Kohli used to wear the same pair of gloves in every match.
But, that's a thing of the past. Kohli is now completely over his fallacious superstition. Now, he only obsesses over wearing a black wristband every time he comes down to bat.2. Sachin Tendulkar's 'Left Pad First' Rule:
Imagine doing the same things; following the same routine every day for 24 years. During his active years with Team India, our very own Master Blaster, Sachin Tendulkar had an extremely peculiar pre-game routine that bothered his teammates for a really long time. Be it a mere practice session or the World Cup final, Tendulkar always began to suit up for the event by padding up his left foot first.
Apparently, this unusual practice helped him calm his nerves before going in front of the large audience that came to see him and helped him “win matches.”3. Virender Sehwag's Numberless Jersey:
Ever wondered if the Indian cricket team's staff was playing a prank on Sehwag by not printing a number on his jersey? When Sehwag began his cricketing career, he used to proudly wear a jersey with number 04 printed on his back. As the rumour goes, Viru changed his number several times before a numerologist guru, whom Sehwag and his family really had faith in, declared that the former opener must wear a numberless jersey in order to find his lost glory.
Sehwag's beliefs were so strong that despite the International Cricket Council (ICC) showing their displeasure with the numberless jersey, he continued to wear them. Ballsy move.4. Anil Kumble's 'Sorcery' With Sachin Tendulkar:
In a short two-game Test series between India and Pakistan in 1999, Anil Kumble became only the second player to bag all 10 wickets in a single innings after England's Jim Laker did the same in 1956.
While there's no second-guessing Kumble's ability to create magic with the ball, we are certain that a higher power was at work behind Jumbo's unbelievable feat. After the match, word got out that every time Kumble passed his sweater and cap to Sachin Tendulkar, before heading over to bowl, he'd score a wicket and Kumble has agreed to this on numerous occasions.
In an interview with The Times of India, Kumble believed that he was superstitious by nature. “I think all of us are (superstitious). At least the cricketers are. It gives you comfort. At times it helps you perform better,” the former skipper had.
Superstitions are extremely common in sports and we are nobody to judge one's personal beliefs but when it begins to come in the way of the players' performance, maybe it's time to get a reality check?