Good hair day before great match

What's the one word starting with 't' that comes to mind when you think cricket? If it is toss, make it tresses.

Star cricket commentators, Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) and fans alike are focussed on hair-raising strategies for the India-England ODI on January 19.

With television channels such as Star Cricket, Star Sports, ESPN and DD1 beaming the ODI live, cricketing legends-turned-commentators Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Ravi Shastri and Arun Lal have to look spiffy before the cameras.

They can't afford a bad hair day ' make it bad turban day for Sidhu ' almost as much as Dhoni can't afford to let his home ground down.

Thoughtful host JSCA has roped in four hairstylists of Kaya Beauty Salon and Cosmetics, Hari Om Towers, Circular Road.

The snip-colour brigade is over the moon. "We will provide services free of charge," gushed salon owner Dheeraj Lal. "It's a golden opportunity for my team to attend to legendary cricketers."

Team Kaya ' Tarkeshwar Kumar, Rohit Thakur, Mahadev Thakur and Indrajit Thakur ' wants its services to be pitch perfect.

"We are really feeling good. We have given our services to Dhoni twice. Now, we will style the hair and makeup of commentators during breaks," said Tarkeshwar, with Kaya for the past eight years.

It's not just commentators who are preoccupied with their hair. Young and young-at-heart cricket fans are also queuing up for funky haircuts and colour jobs.

Reason: they want to look good for TV cameras and friends at the stadium.

So, salons see youngsters queuing up and demanding the hottest hairstyles and highlights of the season, taking inspiration from global trends ' no cricketer's tresses are inspiring right now ' and runways.

If men like spikes, funky peaked crops, tousled hair and even quiffs, the girls get flattered by layers, bangs, razor-edge, feathers, waves and what not. All like highlights in blond, blue and red or global colour.

"Everyday, we attend to some six or seven youngsters only for the ODI," Kaya's Tarakeshwar said. The price pinch ranges between Rs 350 and Rs 500.

Jawed Habib Hair and Beauty Salon at Panchwati Plaza Shopping Complex and Lalpur's Lakme Beauty Salon are equally busy.

At Habib's, hairstylist Pramod Kumar is a busy man. "Yes, getting hair-ready before a cricket match is a new trend. Young fans want different cuts and colours to put their best hair forward at the ODI," Kumar laughed.

Puja Mehta of Lakme Beauty Salon added that girls were no less demanding. "Most want a cut, red colour and blonde highlights. Many settle for a single-tone global hair colour like red and golden brown," she said, adding rates start from Rs 1,099.

Why do all this? Shradha Singh, a second-year student of Ranchi Women's College, who visited Kaya on Tuesday for a few red strands, said: "It's our way of cheering our cricket idols."

Go, beat that or join the hairdo club.

What hairdo are you sporting for the big day? Tell ttkhand@abpmail.com

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

Pietersen may play against Hyderabad

Pietersen may play against Hyderabad

As much as Pietersen's availability is a boost, the loss of a potent death bowler might sting Delhi badly. More »

Struggling Mumbai need batting fuel

Struggling Mumbai need batting fuel

Mumbai have explosive hitters down the order in the form of Corey Anderson and Kieron Pollard, but the lack of contributions from them has compounded their… More »

Boycotting IPL will not save cricket

Boycotting IPL will not save cricket

Boycotting the IPL as a means of protest against the grime in the game may not yield the desired results. More »

Srinivasan's ICC presence to be challenged

Srinivasan's ICC presence to be challenged

Srinivasan, who has been replaced by the court as board president, was named the BCCI's representative to the ICC last September. However, that position… More »

Brilliant Maxwell powers Punjab’s renaissance

Brilliant Maxwell powers Punjab’s renaissance

Maxwell has easily been the best player on display in the first nine days, with scores of 95, 89 and 95 helping Punjab shed their image of also-rans and… More »

Indian cricket is now dope-free

Indian cricket is now dope-free

The BCCI conducted over 200 dope tests during senior domestic tournaments in the just-ended 2013-14 season – the largest number of tests done by an ICC… More »

Bangalore lose nerve, lose game

Bangalore lose nerve, lose game

IPL 7, GAME 11—Vinay's over, Lynn's catch turns last-over finish in KKR's favour. More »

Couldn't turn down ECB offer: Farbrace

Couldn't turn down ECB offer: Farbrace

England's new assistant coach Paul Farbrace admitted that it was impossible turn down the job even though he will have mixed feelings when he faces… More »

Atapattu likely to be SL interim coach

Atapattu likely to be SL interim coach

Sri Lanka's chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya issued the strongest indication yet that Marvan Atapattu would be appointed coach for the tour of Ireland… More »

T20 is all about the little things: Balaji

T20 is all about the little things: Balaji

Balaji acknowledged Maxwell’s role in Punjab’s great start to season seven, but he insists that the efforts of other players like Virender Sehwag, among… More »

Cleaning up the game starts with fans

Cleaning up the game starts with fans

... because, as recent events reveal, the BCCI has little intention of doing it. More »

Jadeja spins out Rajasthan in close chase

Jadeja spins out Rajasthan in close chase

IPL 7, GAME 10—Chennai beat Rajasthan by 7 runs after last-over scare. More »

Is Srini group delaying BCCI meeting?

Is Srini group delaying BCCI meeting?

The group opposed to Srinivasan alleged that since BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel belongs to the president’s group, he was intentionally delaying the SGM… More »

'BCCI should have picked panel with care'

'BCCI should have picked panel with care'

Dalmiya said that it was the first time that the BCCI had been faced with a situation where the apex court had hauled up the Board and it should have acted… More »

Vithanage, Priyanjan get T20 call-ups

Vithanage, Priyanjan get T20 call-ups

Herath has been rested, while the team will be without the veteran pair of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, who retired from T20 internationals… More »

'Gambhir will strike form soon'

'Gambhir will strike form soon'

Gautam made an eight-ball duck in the opening game against Mumbai and in the second game against Delhi, he lasted only half those balls. More »

SL in 'difficult place' after Farbrace exit

SL in 'difficult place' after Farbrace exit

Sri Lanka depart for assignments in Ireland and England in two weeks, and Sanath Jayasuriya suggested Marvan Atapattu would be interim head coach for those… More »

Chandimal axed as T20 captain

Chandimal axed as T20 captain

Sri Lanka's cricket selectors on Wednesday sacked Dinesh Chandimal as Twenty20 captain and replaced him with Lasith Malinga, while Angelo Mathews was… More »

Farbrace is England's assistant coach

Farbrace is England's assistant coach

The ECB continued the restructuring of the England coaching set-up on Wednesday by announcing the appointment of Paul Farbrace as assistant coach. More »

SC asks Mudgal committee to continue

SC asks Mudgal committee to continue

Mukul Mudgal has communicated to the court his willingness to take up the investigation and has been asked to specify the terms and modalities on April… More »

Sri Lanka players resolve pay dispute

Sri Lanka players resolve pay dispute

The pay dispute between Sri Lanka Cricket and its 13 contracted players ended on Wednesday when the latter agreed to accept 10 percent of the participation… More »

Hope to be fit for next game - Pietersen

Hope to be fit for next game - Pietersen

With two heavy defeats at the hands of Bangalore and Chennai, Daredevils currently languish near the bottom of the table. More »

'SC decision could hurt BCCI's status'

'SC decision could hurt BCCI's status'

The Supreme Court prefers that the Justice Mudgal panel further investigate the IPL corruption scandal. More »

Mudgal panel drops bombshell in court

Mudgal panel drops bombshell in court

The Mukul Mudgal probe committee dropped a bombshell in the Supreme Court on Tuesday by making a sensational claim that it was forced to stop audio recording… More »