Attention men! If the cricket fever in the air has got you grumbling about having a cricket-phobe for a girlfriend, drop the mopey face and be very, very thankful instead.
In fact, while you’re at it, switch off the TV altogether, cancel your subscription and elope with your girl to a remote island. Because the instant she gets an eyeful of what she’s been missing, she’ll be out of the door in about as much time as it takes to Google Mitchell Johnson’s latest beach photoshoot. We kid you not.
While the guys wait on tenterhooks for a brief glimpse of the cheerleaders; us, girls can simply feast our eyes on some of nature’s finer specimens in all their glory, regardless of which team is playing. Because the universe is awesome like that. While we go and petition for female umpires to become a thing, check out these ten cricket players who will make you want to throw all your team loyalties out of the window. Among other things; if you know what we mean.
Starting from the cute...
Not to say that writing extensively about hot guys hasn’t left us feeling self-actualized, but batsmen with adorable smiles like David Miller almost make it worth latching onto a rich businessman to co-own an IPL team. Hey Preity Zinta, if you’re done with Ness Wadia, can we have him?
For every messy haired Ishant Sharma that makes your TV screen shrivel in denial, there’s an adorable Suresh Raina around the corner who restores your faith in mankind. Losing to CSK has never felt, or rather looked, this good.
While there’s no denying that the Australian and South African dudes are pretty darn good to look at, MI bowler Zaheer Khan makes the cut for being the kind of guy you take home. To meet your parents. Or lock up in a closet and keep all to yourself for the next decade; you know, whatever rocks your boat.
To the tattooed...
The original tattooed Greek God of the Indian cricket team. The aggressive RCB captain has spent the better part of IPL 7 flinging his bat in the air every time he’s out for a duck, which is a shame. If he really was looking to blow off some steam, you’d think he’d do us all a favour and hurl his jersey in the air instead.
His recent performance on the pitch might have left a lot lacking, but given those sexy tattoos and hunky abs, we sure aren’t worried about his performance in areas that matter the most.
While we can’t honestly claim to understand his strange stubbornness to keep his shirt on, but between those sexy tattoos and that killer physique... Ah, we are finally beginning to get why female umpires aren’t a thing.
To the dropdead kidnap-them-now variety of gorgeous...
Between the hunky Rajasthan Royals captain and his TV presenter wife Lee Watson, the entire Watson clan seems to be suffering from an overload of hotness. Which obviously makes this our cue to play the Good Samaritan and take Shane off her hands for a bit. Gee, don’t thank us now. It’s the least we can do.
The former RCB batsman hasn’t been making waves off late with the bat, but we still recommend keeping an eye out for him, solely because he regularly chips in with the rest of his Aussie teammates for calendar shoots that make you want to petition to make shirtless cricket a thing.
If breaking into his hotel room, abducting his entire wardrobe and burning it to the ground is what it takes to keep him from ever covering up that hot bod with a jersey again, then WE VOLUNTEER!
Honourable Mention: Brett Lee
Because one does not simply list down sexy cricketers without mentioning the reigning champion of sexy, Brett Lee; regardless of the fact that the last auctions left him unsold. Previous performance and agility over eye candy quotient and sexiness? Honestly, what is the world coming to?!
Which cricketers make it to your personal list of top ten IPL man candy? We’d love to hear from you in the comments box below!