Irish cricketer Kevin O’Brien is the latest sensation on the sporting scene, not just for breaking the fastest World Cup century record at the Ireland vs England match on Wednesday, but also for his zany pinkish-purple hair.
The star player, who celebrates his 27th birthday today, got his hair dyed in neon pink to show support for the Irish Cancer Society.
Youngsters in the city are more than inspired by the player’s style statement. “I absolutely love Kevin’s hair colour and won’t mind getting it. It’s so cool and funky,” says 21-year-old Sakshi Sethi, a Delhi University student. Saurabh Pathak, 22, says, “I wish even Indian cricketers did something like this.”
Stylists, too, foresee it as the next hot trend in fashion. “It’s really nice to see a sportsman wearing a look that otherwise maybe regarded as too girlie. Kevin’s look reminds me of this football player, Dennis Rodman, who used to colour his hair red and orange,” says Anees Muss, celebrity hairstylist. “Getting magenta hair is something the young guys will find interesting. With Holi coming up, everyone will get an excuse to look colourful,” he adds. Stylist Edward Lalrempuia adds, “More than the style factor, I have great respect for the cause that he is supporting. It will be a great idea if people follow the trend.”
Who is Kevin?
Kevin Joseph O’Brien, 27, is an Irish cricketer who holds the world record for the fastest ever century scored at a World Cup, coming from 50 balls against England on Wednesday. He made his One Day International (ODI) debut in 2006. Even as the world goes gaga over his pink crop, girlfriend Ruth-Anne Kilty is not a fan of the look.