Former South African pacer Fanie de Villiers feels that the reason for Ishant Sharma’s dip in form can be attributed to his long hair.
“Firstly, he needs to cut his hair. He doesn’t look like a sportsperson to me. Yesterday, he was more critical. I have seen too many sportsmen not make it at the highest level because of outside factors. Vinod Kambli is a good example with his rings, earrings and chains etc”, De Villiers said in an interview to Mumbai tabloid Mid-Day.
“It took his focus away. Image was his problem. The game is already too hard. Ishant-like characters are not the most teachable of people. They are normally not the best team men too. It’s these kind of individuals that give a team a bad name or image”, he said.
“Superstitions, image, bad ethics and anything outside the norm, can’t be conducive for a good sportsman. He must remember that he has an obligation to the public who are trying to bring up their kids conservatively. He is not a good example for my kids. He is probably his own worst enemy.”
“The moment your image is more important than the game, you will fall that low in the rankings. You will never be in the top four or five bowlers in the world. Look at the best bowlers in the world. They are normal people.”
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