World Cricket's Clown of the Month

Alex TelferFeatured ColumnistOctober 2, 2013

Photo: PTI,
Photo: PTI,

He may have blasted 63 runs off 19 balls to help the Chennai Super Kings beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad, but MS Dhoni is our Clown of the Month.

Midway through his innings in the Champions League T20 clash against CSK's IPL rivals, the wicketkeeper removed his helmet to reveal a bizarre mohawk-cum-mullet that sparked hysteria all across India.

Whether he'd been watching the film Taxi Driver recently or simply trying to keep up with the patron saint of haircuts, David Beckham, the style was the latest in a long line of crazy bouffants.

In fact, Mahendra Singh's haircut is something of a national obsession in India, and when he gets his mop chopped at his hometown salon the local police have to be made aware due to the sheer number of fans who turn up just to watch. 

MUMBAI (BOMBAY), INDIA - OCTOBER 2: A headshot of Mahendra Singh Dhoni of India taken ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy on October 2, 2006 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Pradeep Mandhani/Getty Images)
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When he burst on to the scene towards the end of 2004, he sported a long mop with dyed streaks that survived until he was limited-overs captain in 2007 and helped guide India to Twenty20 World Cup triumph.

However, in October of that year, he cropped it short, breaking the hearts of legions of female followers.

MUMBAI, INDIA - APRIL 03:  India's cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni poses with the  ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy, with the Gateway of India in the backdrop, during a photo call at the Taj Palace Hotel on April 3, 2011 in Mumbai, India.  (Photo by
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And he even went one step further and emerged with a fully shaved head the morning after India won the 50-over World Cup in 2011, which according to the Times of India was Dhoni fulfilling "a pledge to the Gods."

The thing is, when you risk an attention-grabbing move such as this outrageous mohawk you have to be able to back it up.

And seeing as the former train ticket inspector is India’s most successful ever captain, winning every major international trophy and leading his team to the top of the Test rankings in 2009, he certainly can.

Besides with the likes of Mitchell Johnson and Kevin Pietersen still in action it's not as if he's the only one who has sported a shocker.

However, with thousands of impressionable fans set to follow suit, Dhoni deserves our Clown of the Month award for September.