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Kallis hairdo as noticeable as double ton

cricket Updated: Dec 19, 2010 09:02 IST
Subhash Rajta
Subhash Rajta
Hindustan Times
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The way South African mainstay Jacques Kallis has dominated Indian bowlers in the Centurion test must have made them shed a few hairs. But the all rounder himself has made headlines as much with his bat as his new hairdo.

Kallis, who struck his maiden Test double hundred at Centurion Park, is sporting a new mop of hair that caught everyone's attention as he took off his helmet to acknowledge the cheers of the crowd everytime.

He had appeared to be going completely bald sometime back but the lavish mop of hair has given Kallis a much younger look.

"He looks 20 years younger now. We get a bit concerned about it when he runs into the wind to bowl," joked Morne Morkel, who took five wickets in the Indian first innings.

The Indians had little to cheer about in the first two days of the game, but found attention on Kallis's hair a welcome distraction. "I thought new hair would cramp him a bit, but it didn't.

"We hope he spends more time looking at himself in the mirror so he has less time to score runs," said Rahul Dravid.

The hair transplant was no distraction as Kallis added back-to-back 200 plus partnerships and achieved his best score to push India further into a corner in the match.

While the hair transplant of Kallis got a positive spin, the natural mop of young Indian paceman Ishant Sharma came in for criticism. Sharma and fellow new ball bowler S. Sreesanth have struggled to make any impression on the host batsmen.

Asked about Ishant's bowling, former South Africa paceman Fanie de Villiers said: "Ask him to get a haircut first. He doesn't look like a sportsman."

The bearded Hashim Amla also didn't fare poorly at all, stroking a fluent 12th Test century and producing a superb partnership with Kallis.