It’s not just the game, but the ‘play boys’ that have city youngsters waiting for the Cricket World Cup to begin. From James Anderson’s hairstyles to Dale Steyn’s blue eyes — the hot heroes of the field are already turning demi-gods on the Delhi University campus.
As the tournament got underway with a star-studded opening ceremony in Dhaka on Thursday night, we asked 100 college girls to pick their favourites from the participating pack, and tell us what makes them hot stuff.
South African bowler Dale Steyn’s blue eyes clearly have the girls smitten. “He absolutely makes me go weak in the knees. I’d watch a match just for him,” says Himani Shah, 19. Experts agree. “He is very attractive, and I am completely bowled over by his deep blue eyes,” says Neo Sports anchor Archana Vijaya.
English player Kevin Pietersen, who’s been a cricket hottie since his debut in 2003, continues to be counted among the studs. “He is the original bad boy turned gentleman. From his blonde streaks to turning doting dad, he has come a long way. I can take him to my mother any day,” says Shruti Bhalla, a Delhi University student. “At 6 feet 4 inches, Kevin Pietersen’s imposing frame compels you to sit up and take notice,” says Doordarshan’s sports presenter Raman Bhanot.
English bowler James Anderson, known for his hot bod, has been compared to soccer player David Beckham — one of the most fashionable sportsmen. “His smouldering looks remind me of Mr Darcy and the fact that he is willing to go naked at the drop of the hat does not hurt either,” says Anusheel Bhan, 22, referring to Anderson’s nude shoot for British magazine Attitude’s cover in October 2010.
Most female fans seem to be charmed by the boys’ tattoos and naughty looks.
The desi contender in this category is newbie Virat Kohli, who also made it to the top five. “Virat is good-looking, has age on his side, and a huge female fan following,” says VJ Siddharth Bhardwaj, who hosted IPL parties last year. New Zealand all rounder Brendon Mccullum is another favourite. “I think his game is part of his charm. He comes across as someone arrogant and strong, so Mills and Boon-ish,” says college student Sneha Pandit.
Indian captain, MS Dhoni gets special mention. “He’s the perfect hero in every way. Too bad he’s married,” says Neha Gulati, a second year student. Shane Watson, 29, and Brett Lee, 35 also scored high on the favs list.
Virat Kohli, 22
Height: 5 ft 9 inches
USP: His tattoos give him a wild and reckless image
Relationship status: Single
Quotable quote: “The kind of position I field in is about anticipation. If you’re nervous, you can’t anticipate.”
Kevin Pietersen, 30
Height: 6 ft 4 inches
USP: His height and his broad shoulders. His hairstyles have often made headlines — his blonde streaks during the 2005 Ashes were dubbed the “dead skunk” look by the media
Relationship status: Married to Liberty X singer Jessica Taylor since 2007
Quotable Quote: “I’ve dropped six catches and nobody’s given me a beer.”
Brendon Mccullum, 29
Team: New Zealand
Height: 5 ft 7 inches
USP: His six-pack abs
Relationship status: Married to Ellissa
Quotable quotes: “Indians are passionate about their cricket and their team, and there’s an intensity surrounding each team.”
James Anderson, 28
Height: 6ft 2 inches
USP: He has a keen sense of fashion
Relationship status: Married to model Daniella Lloyd
Quotable Quote: “I am crap at talking
to girls, I really need them to come and chat with me.”
Dale Steyn, 27
Team: South Africa
Height: 5 ft 11 inches
USP: His blue eyes
Relationship status: Dating model Jeanne Katzmann
“All it takes is three balls. It could be the first three balls of the day or they could keep us playing much longer.”