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In Dada, Yuvraj finds a way to use his unutilised hair gel

April 24, 2012

Yuvraj Singh has finally found a way to make sure the hair gel lying unused in his cupboard is not completely wasted.

The Punjab cricketer, known for experimenting with hairdos, has gone completely bald following chemotherapy sessions in his battle against cancer.

In his absence, Yuvraj’s former India captain Sourav Ganguly is leading Pune in this year’s Indian Premier League and the 39-year-old provided what could be the lasting memory of IPL5 after castling Delhi’s Kevin Pietersen at Ferozeshah Kotla on April 21.

Ganguly darted across the field at a speed unexpected of a cricketer never known for his athleticism even in his prime, pumping air and jumping in joy, his thinning hair dishevelled by the evening wind.

“Dada’s celebration took us back to the good old days,” Yuvraj wrote in a column that appeared in Tuesday’s Times of India.

“The only problem was his mop of hair, which was almost blown away by the wind! I suppose, for now, I could be of some help to Dada.

“My hair gel bottle is lying idle and it can surely come in handy for our captain if he wishes to avoid a similar ‘hair-raising’ incident,” Yuvraj added.

Yuvraj belongs to that generation of fastidious Indian cricketers who take their appearance as seriously as their game.

Chennai Super Kings’ Ravindra Jadeja has taken it to a new level, carving the letters ‘CSK’ on his head in what is clearly the most conspicuous haircut in IPL5.

Ganguly may not possess the coolest hairstyle but Sunil Gavaskar has no doubt the feisty Pune captain’s ruffled-hair celebration would linger in the public mind.

“There will be many memories of this year’s IPL – like catches taken, deliveries bowled and sixes hit – and then there will be the memory of Sourav Ganguly running, his hair flying, after getting Pietersen out,” Gavaskar wrote in his column that appeared in the same newspaper.

Pietersen himself will not forget the celebration soon.

“The sight of Sourav Ganguly running is still vivid in my mind,” the maverick English batsman wrote in his column that appeared in Tuesday’s Hindustan Times.

“He ran faster after claiming my wicket than when he ran in to deliver the ball. It was good entertainment.”

For many, it was also a reminder of Ganguly’s torso-baring, shirt-twirling celebration at Lord’s balcony in 2002, having settled a score with another English cricketer.

Andrew Flintoff’s topless celebration in Mumbai a few months earlier had not gone down well with Ganguly, who returned the compliment after India’s narrow victory in the NatWest Series final against England.

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Dada Please play Tamim Iqbal for One Match. All Bangladeshi wait for his playing. Please Please.

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