12 Most Famous Mustaches Of Popular Cricketers

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12 Most Famous Mustache Of Popular Cricketers!! Over the years, the cricket world has seen many cricketers with unique personalities and styles. Some are famous for their hairstyles, while some are renowned for their mustaches.

There are some cricketers whose signature mustache made them popular among the fans and redefined the definition of fashion on the cricket field.

Shikhar Dhawan, one of the greatest Indian cricketers with a net worth of about $14 million as of 2023, for instance, is famous even outside the circle of cricket fanatics for his iconic mustache. 

Dennis Lillee
Dennis Lillee And His Classic Mustache (Source: Twitter)

Unfortunately, we do not see many cricketers these days with a mustache. So let us take a trip down memory lane and learn about the most famous mustaches of popular cricketers.

Now without further ado, let us look at our rankings in the table below.

12 Most Famous Mustache of Popular Cricketers

We have compiled our list with the help of internet sources like CricketCountry.  

Player’s Name Country
12. Ian Botham United Kingdom
11. Allan Border Australia
10. Rodney Marsh Australia
9. Mitchell Johnson Australia
8. Dennis Lillee Australia
7. Fred Spofforth Australia
6. Ian Chappell Australia
5. Jack Russell United Kingdom
4. Graham Gooch United Kingdom
3. David Boon Australia
2. Shikhar Dhawan India
1. Merv Hughes Australia

12. Ian Botham

We are starting our list with a former English cricketer, Ian Botham. The 67 year-old is regarded as one of the greatest rounders in cricket history.

In addition to his gameplay, Botham was famous for his long hair and small mustache.

Botham played cricket early and made his senior debut at age 17 for the first-class cricket team Somerset.

Similarly, Botham played Test and ODI cricket for his country. He made his ODI debut in 1976 and Test debut in 1977.

Ian Botham
Ian Botham (Source: The Times)

In 1980, Botham became the second player in Test match history to complete the “match double” of scoring 100 runs and taking ten wickets in the same game.

From August 21, 1986, to November 12, 1988, he held the world record for the greatest number of Test wickets.

Botham is now a cricket commentator and a member of the House of Lords.

He was enshrined in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009. On top of being a great cricketer, Botham will be remembered for his famous trademark mustache.

11. Allan Border

On number 11 of the most famous mustache of popular cricketers, we have former international cricketer Allan Border.

Nicknamed “A.B.,” the 67 year-old player held the helm of the Australian team as a captain for many years.

Border was well known for his well-maintained, trimmed mustache.

He made his Test debut in 1978 against England and made his ODI debut in 1979 against England.

Allan Border
Allan Border (Source: Twitter)

A left-hand batsman, he previously held the record for the number of consecutive Test appearances, 153. Similarly, Border had amassed 11,174 Test runs, a world record he held until 2006.

At his retirement, he was Australia’s most capped player and leading run-scorer in both Tests and ODIs. After retiring, he transitioned into a cricket commentator.

His Test match record stood for 15 years before Ricky Pointing overtook him.

Allan was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame as one of the 55 inaugural inductees. 

10. Rodney Marsh

Rodney Marsh (1947-2022) was a professional wicketkeeper for the Australian national team. He was nicknamed “Bacchus” and “Iron Gloves” by his team members.

Marsh made his first-class debut in Western Australia’s 1968-69 season. He made his Test match debut in 1970 and ODI debut in 1971, both against England.

Rod Marsh
Rodney Marsh (Source: Otago Daily Times)

His Test career spanned from 1970-71 to the 1989-84 seasons. In his 96 Test match, Marsh set a world record of 355 wicketkeeping dismissals. He is one of the finest wicketkeepers in cricket history.

Marsh was widely regarded for his sense of team discipline. He had the unique ability to uplift the team’s spirit and energy, which also influenced a shift in momentum on several occasions.

Marsh was a great cricketer, and his mustache was a famous trademark during his playing career. He was enshrined in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009.

9. Mitchell Johnson

The 41 year-old Mitchell Johnson is considered one of his era’s great fast bowlers.

He is also famous for his drooping mustache, which is popular among cricket fans.

Johnson began his cricket career playing for the Australian domestic team. He made his ODI debut in 2005 against New Zealand and his Test and T20I debut in 2007.

Mitchell Johnson
Mitchell Johnson (Source: Cricket Country)

In early 2013, he was removed from the national team after his performance level dropped. However, he successfully returned to the Australian Test squad during the 2013-14 Ashes series.

During his professional playing career, Johnson won awards like the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy and ICC Test Player of the Year.

He also had 300 Test caps and represented the national team in 256 matches before retirement. In 2018, he retired from all forms of cricket.  

Currently, he serves as a commentator for the JLT Cup and Big Bash League on Fox Cricket. Fans still remember him for his bowling and his iconic mustache.

8. Dennis Lillee

Widely regarded as the outstanding fast bowler of his generation, we have Dennis Lillee and his trademark mustache on number 8 of the most famous mustache of popular cricketers.

The 73 years old former Australian cricketer made his first-class debut in Western Australia’s 1969-70 season. Lillee was a speedy bowler and soon climbed his way up the rank.

He made his Test match debut in 1971 and his ODI debut in 1972, both against England. He was infamous for his fierce temper, and his trademark mustache added to his intimidating look.

Dennis Lillee
Dennis Lillee (Source: The Standard)

Several stress fractures in his back nearly caused Lillee’s career to end. However, his determination and strict fitness regime helped him get back into the game.

He established himself as one of the most recognizable and renowned Australian sportspeople.

In 2017, he was included in the country’s best Ashes XI of the preceding 40 years. Similarly, he was enshrined in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009.

7. Fred Spofforth

The 7th most famous mustache of a popular cricketer is “The Demon Bowler,” Fred Spofforth. Born on September 9, 1853, he is considered the finest pace bowler of the 19th-century Australian cricket team. 

Spofforth was a banker before he turned into a cricketer. He started his career as a bowler in 1874 and was a regular member of New South Wales. His Test match debut was in 1877 against England.

Fred Spofforth
Fred Spofforth (Source: Wikipedia)

His Test match career spanned between 1877 and 1887. Spofforth was the first bowler in his time to take 50 Test wickets. He was also the first bowler to take a Test hat-trick in 1879.

After his Test match career, Spofforth settled in England and played for Derbyshire. The legendary bowler passed away at age 72 on June 4, 1926.

For his contribution to Australian cricket, the Demon Bowler was posthumously inducted into the 1996 Australian Cricket Hall of Fame and the 2009 ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

6. Ian Chappell

Born on September 26, 1943, Ian Chappell is a former cricketer who captained the Australian team between 1971 and 1975. Nicknamed “Chappelli,” he is regarded as one of the greatest captains in cricket history.

Chappell was born into a cricketing family. However, he was hesitant to start his international cricket. In early 1962, he made his first-class debut for South Australia, playing against Tasmania.

Chappell quickly established himself as a great cricket player. After being promoted to captain of the Australian national team, he played a central role in the breakaway World Series Cricket organization.

Ian Chappell
Ian Chappell (Source: Instagram)

Similarly, Chappell was the driving force behind the professionalization of Australian cricket in the 1970s. He became famous for his skills and, you guessed it, his trademark look.

In 1980, he announced his retirement from the sport. He has been serving as a sports journalist and cricket commentator.

In 2009, Chappell became the ICC Cricket Hall of Famer.

5. Jack Russell

From our list, the 5th most famous mustache of a popular cricketer is the retired English cricketer Jack Russell.

He is a 59 year-old who, aside from being a former cricketer, is also a cricket wicketkeeping coach and football goalkeeping coach.

Russell made his ODI debut in 1987 against Pakistan and his Test match debut in 1988 against Sri Lanka. During his career, he was considered the best wicketkeeper in the world.

Jack Russell
Jack Russell (Source: Wisden)

In 1990, Wisden named him one of Wisden’s five Cricketers of the Year.

Russell was a popular cricket figure, and his mustache increased his popularity.

After an unsuccessful final tour of the West Indies in 1998, Russell decided to retire from cricket. He has ventured into art and soccer after retiring from cricket.

4. Graham Gooch

Graham Gooch was one of the most successful international batsmen of his generation. The 69 year-old is a former first-class English cricketer and captain of England’s national and Essex teams.

From 1973 and 1997, Gooch played regular first-class cricket. He was famous for his upright stance and became one of the most prolific run-scorers in top-class cricket.

He made his Test match debut in 1975 against Australia and his ODI debut in 1976 against the West Indies. Gooch earned the nickname “Zap” from his fans for his Zapata Moustache.

Graham Gooch
Graham Gooch (Source: Instagram)

His professional career spanned from 19793 until 2000. With 67,057 runs across first-class and limited-overs games, he became one of the most terrific run-scorer of all time.

Gooch retired from his professional playing career at age forty-two. He then turned into a coach and team selector before becoming a commentator.

In 2009, he became the ICC Cricket Hall of Famer.

3. David Boon

Born on December 29, 1960, David Boom is an Australian cricket match referee and a former cricketer and commentator. The right-handed batsman was popular for his portly figure and distinctive mustache.

Boom made his first-class debut at age 17 in the second season of Sheffield Shield cricket in 1978-79. He made his international debut in the third final of the 1983-84 World Serie Cup.

David Boon
David Boon (Source: The West Australian)

In 1984, he made his Test match and ODI match debut against the West Indies. Boom’s international career spanned from 1984 to 1996.

During his playing career, Boom scored more than 7,000 runs on Test and made more than 100 appearances in Test and ODI matches.

He retired from international cricket and moved to England to captain the Durham.

2. Shikhar Dhawan

Our 2nd number has the 37 year-old Indian international cricketer Shikhar Shawan.

Currently, he plays for the Indian Premier League franchise team, Punjab League, and first-class cricket.

Dhawan made his professional debut in the Under-16 division in the 1999-2000 Vijay Merchant Trophy. Similarly, he made his first-class debut in 2004 for Delhi against Andhra.

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan (Source: Pinkvilla)

He made his ODI debut in 2010 against Australia, T20I debut in 2011 against West Indies, and Test debut in 2013 against Australia. During his Test debut, Dhawan scored the fastest century by any batsman on Test debut.

Similarly, he was also the leading run-scorer in the 2013 Champions Trophy, 2015 World Cup, and 2017 Champions Trophy. He is also the first player in IPL history to score back-to-back centuries.

In 2013, Dhawan recorded the second-highest individual score in a List A match. Aside from his incredible skills, he is popular among cricket fans for his audacious mustache.

1. Merv Hughes

On number 1 for the most famous mustaches of popular cricketers is a man with towering height and a Walrus mustache, Merv Hughes.

The 61 year-old cricketer’s career spanned between 1985 and 1994.

Hughes started his career in 1978-79 with Footscray, playing district cricket. Similarly, he made his Test match debut in 1985 against India and his ODI debut in 1988, playing against Pakistan.

Merv Hughes
Merv Hughes (Source: Cricket Australia)

In the 1988-89 season, Hughes took a hat-trick in a Test match against the West Indies. Likewise, he took 31 wickets in the Ashes series while playing against England.

Aside from playing international and domestic cricket in Australia, he also played with Essex in English county cricket and Victorian Bushrangers.

Hughes played a total of 53 Test matches and 33 ODI matches for Australia.

Hughes retired from cricket after playing his last Test match in 1994. After his retirement, he temporarily worked as a selector for the Australian cricket team between 2005-2010.

Conclusion

Cricket has come a long way from what it used to be. Over time, we have seen an evolution in the fashion and styles of the cricketers.

The cricketers on our list are some of the famous ones for their unique and iconic mustaches. The players did pull off the look brilliantly. 

Which famous mustache among these popular cricketers did you like the best? 

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