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Jade personality: Tattoos breathe life

Known for their swinging yorkers and super sixes respectively, Mitchell Johnson and Brendon McCullum are also popular across the cricketing world for their tattoos. Amol Karhadkar reports.

cricket Updated: Mar 23, 2011 00:07 IST
Amol Karhadkar

Known for their swinging yorkers and super sixes respectively, Mitchell Johnson and Brendon McCullum are also popular across the cricketing world for their tattoos. While the Australian’s ‘wild cat’ is a hit, the Roman numerals inscribed on the Kiwi’s arm are believed to be his Black Cap numbers.

Even the English cricketers, among the most traditional, aren’t far behind when it comes to inking their body. If Kevin Pietersen’s early end to the Cup campaign left a void in the England camp, their latest addition is a handy replacement for KP.

Jade Dernbach, who joined the squad on Monday night in place of the injured Ajmal Shahzad, has tattoos on several parts of the body.

“It’s something I am interested in. Quite an expressive sort of character. Just an extension of my personality, I’d like to think,” Dernbach, who till last week was with the England Lions’ team on their tour to the West Indies, said on Tuesday.

“I have got some Chinese writing, which is my name, with strength and power. I have some more --- carpe diem, cease the day. I have my birth fish. Good luck as well. A bit of everything. What counts is not the years in your life, but the life in your ears.”

Though he didn’t elaborate, the fast bowler who was “helped immensely by stints at the MRF Pace Academy in Chennai”, did admit that the forearms were not the only parts tattooed. “I have a couple under wraps,” said the Surrey cricketer.

Besides the tattoos, Dernbach, who started playing cricket after moving from South Africa to England when he was 14, is also known for his variation in bowling, especially slower balls and reverse swing.

If he gets an opportunity during England’s quarterfinal against Sri Lanka on Saturday and makes it count, it will be an early birthday celebration for Dernbach who is just over a week shy of turning 25.

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