There's just something about a bunch of fit, sweaty sportsmen that'll convert even the biggest anti-cricket individual into a temporary fan. While India and Australia prepare to engage in an epic battle for this year's World Cup 2015, we take a look at this year's hottest cricketers who might have fizzled out of the running for the World Cup win, but are still causing flutters in fans' aortic ventricles.
This towering (6'2") 33-year-old Australian is as well-known for his chiselled physique as he is for his opinions: Johnson, according to this report
said that he was going to take the lead in verbal duels in the World Cup semi-finals against India. The fast bowler is equally matched in looks by his wife Jessica Bratich Johnson who is a karate champion, and their daughter Rubika Ann.
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The only cricketer to have scored two Twenty20 centuries, this new Zealander wicketkeeper/ batsman boasts quite the fan following for his impish grin. Also a part of the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, 'Bazz' as he is often called, also loves the occasional round of rugby.
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Quite possibly India's fittest batsman, this Delhi boy has stolen not one (read Anushka Sharma) but several hearts with his hazel eyes and ripped physique. After a continuous winning streak, the right-hand batsman is now gearing up for the much-awaited World Cup battle against Australia tomorrow and is confident of excellent results. "There couldn't be a better time for us. It is an opportunity for us to do justice to the way we have played so far in Australia, and we haven't had the results," Kohli told cricket.com.au.
According to glamour magazine
, this British bowler Steven Finn loves his tea paired with Fox's extra chocolatey chocolate chunk biscuits. Towering at 6'8", Finn's debut in this year's World Cup was marked with a hat-trick against Australia.
Sri Lankan cricket captain Angelo Mathews's dusky looks and cool demeanour only add to his appeal as an all-rounder player - he was bought by the Pune Warriors in the Premier League for a sum of $950,000. The 27-year-old played a key role in Sri Lanka's epic win last year at the World Twenty20 championship.
His ultimate cricket icon is Garry Sobers.
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Yes, he wasn't completely fit this season. And even though he is married, this South African all-rounder still remains a favourite on the fairly-easy-on-the-eyes list.
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While there's no shortage of the Kiwi lads in this list, there's no getting enough of Taylor's twinkly eyes and deep dimples. The middle-ground batsman who is married to a cricketer as well is the proud father of two.
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There's something undeniably cool about this right-hand batsman's ability to carry off reflector shades without batting (pardon the pun) an eyelid. Last year, the Jamaican cricketer (who's knocked Chris Gayle out of the running for this list) was picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 60 lakhs.
Pakistan's Wahab Riaz never fails to create a stir be it from his bright smile, his fast-paced bowling or his stormy looks when angered on the field... and has a fan following of 1,51,000 followers on Twitter to prove it! The handsome 29-year-old, who towers over most of his team at 6'3", claims that he started out as a slow bowler,
but eventually picked up his pace. His idol remains Wasim Akram.
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This is Pat Cummins' debut entry into the World Cup tournament. The 21-year-old Australian already bowls at a speed faster than 145 km/h causing terror and flutters alike, in his opponents and fans hearts.
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Born in South Africa, Sorenson plays for the Ireland team. The combined efforts of Ireland won them a surprised reaction with their aggressive play for the World Cup this year. Earlier in January, Sorenson was called in to replace the injured Tim Murtagh.