Bearded Lions: 5 modern Cricketers with the most amazing beards

Cricketers and beards have a long history in the game of cricket. Ever since the last century , cricketers with beards have had iconic statuses in cricket; be it WG Grace's thick beard or Mike Brearly's dark mane. Over the years, many things have changed but the beards have stayed. Beards signify manliness they say; whether for religious reasons, comfort or fashion, it continues to have a place in the traditional game of cricket. While not all men who grow bristles get the attention, some go down as the limelight takers. Here are five of the modern day warriors of the game who sport great beards:

Virat Kohli (India)

The Indian captain is one of the most stylish cricketers of the modern era. Virat Kohli is not just a star on the field, but also off the field. He sports a dark stubble which looks absolutely perfect on his well-chiselled jawline. The beard also suits his aggressive nature of playing the game. On the field, Kohli is having a great time with the bat and is one of the most prolific batsmen in the world at the moment.

Martin Guptill (New Zealand)

The swashbuckling New Zealand opener Martin Guptill has had a tremendous run in the last 18 months. The ODI double centurion has followed the way of his teammate Kane Williamson, in growing a hipster beard. Expecting a long stay in the subcontinent, Williamson had sported a hipster last year. And this year Guptill has impressed the paparazzi with his beard-do.

Ravindra Jadeja (India)

Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja started with growing a moustache, following the footsteps of his teammate Shikhar Dhawan's twirlers. Soon, he went a step ahead and grew a thick full beard with shaped outlines. He is often caught posting his beard photos on his Instagram page. Jaddu played his part in Chennai Super Kings' title triumph in this year's IPL.

Hashim Amla (South Africa)

The Protea opener has arguably the most glorified beard in international cricket at the moment. Amla has a spade beard. His fans often come up with similar beard-wigs to support him when he plays back home in South Africa. Other cricketers who have similar beards on grounds of their religion are Imran Tahir and Moeen Ali. Amla is one of the most technically sound cricketers in the current day game.

Moeen Ali (England)

‘The beard that is feared’ was the moniker given to Moeen Ali by Ben Stokes on Twitter after an incredible ton scored by the Birmingham-born all rounder in England’s Test match against Pakistan. Ali also grows his beard for religious reasons and has grown to become one of the best middle order batsmen in the English side, his recent form in New Zealand notwithstanding.

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