In a cricket fanatic country like India, it would be an understatement to say that we worship cricketers. Today, cricket stars enjoy a rock star-like status, drive the most luxurious cars and not to mention, have the most beautiful arm candies a.k.a hot women that up their dashing quotient. But in the yesteryear’s era, things were quite different and the staggering media presence along with the ‘hype’ was missing.
Nonetheless, there were some cricketers who stood out for their breathtaking good looks and Greek God personalities. Let’s take a look at the most handsome Indian cricketers in history that made women go weak in their knees.
Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi
The original Nawab of Indian cricket, fondly known as the Oxford-educated “Tiger”, doesn’t even need an introduction. A universe of suaveness, glamour and understated elegance, he never had to try hard to make heads turn, courtesy his charisma and magnetism. Popular for his marriage to sex symbol of his times, actress Sharmila Tagore, only he could look so handsome even after permanently losing his right eye.
Born with out-of-this-world good looks, this Afghanistani Pathan was well-known as ‘Prince Salim’ in the cricketing world. This tall all-rounder, who played 29 Tests for India in the 1960s and the early 19702, was more than dashing both on and off the field. Blessed with film star genes, a captivating smile and naughty eyes, he also acted in a movie called Charitra, opposite Parvin Babi.
There was something about Roger Binny, the only ‘Gora’ of the Indian cricket team that fetched him a lot of female adulation. It was probably his tall frame, the golden-brown hair, and of course the fact that he had that shy, likable personality. He was also playfully called ‘Jackie’ by his team-mates, which was short for jackfruit.
With those killer sharp features and intense eyes, Sandeep Patil had this striking macho appeal that makes him one of the most handsome cricketers of all times. His attacking stroke play was hard to miss and he was popular for his sense of humour off-the-field. Thanks to his bewitching, Greek God looks, he also acted in a Bollywood movie ‘Kabhi Ajnabhi The’ with Poonam Dhillon and Debashree Roy.
This towering and fit young man was signed up by Brylcreem who was notorious for roping in extremely good-looking men like Keith Miller and Denis Compton in those days. He was probably the only Indian cricketer of his times who knew how to market his flamboyance and personality. And why wouldn’t he? With that dark curly hair, piercing eyes, huge sideburns and athletic built, we don’t quite blame anyone for falling head over heels for his allure.