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Strange superstitious beliefs of famous cricketers

The lesser-known odd habits of famous cricketers which they believed to be one of the reasons for their success.

Top 5 / Top 10 12 Mar 2018, 01:52 IST

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Superstition has been part and parcel of every sport that is played on the planet and the cricket is not an exception. The legendary Don Bradman once said, “Friday the 13th, black cats, treading on cracks in the pavement and the figure(Figure) 87, are all silly superstitions and pure nonsense”.

The batsman for many years walked his talk by occupying Room 87 (which is still considered a devil's number in cricket), on the eighth floor of an office block opposite the Adelaide Town Hall. Certainly, he has been the least superstitious yet successful player, the game has ever seen.

Though it is said that only the efforts and skills do matter to excel in the game, it is accepted that the "S-factor" definitely plays an important role in boosting the player's confidence at right level before the start or during the game.

The least known of a lot of superstitious habits that several players around the world were/are fond of doing are listed here:

#1 Unorthodox Smith

The Australian captain has past as well as present habits that are peculiar in their own ways. The unorthodox batsman used to avoid eating 'duck' the evening before the match, for the only reason of the bird bearing the name of the cursed cricketing term for the batsmen. The habit was given up when he accidentally ate some before Lord's Ashes Test in 2015 where he went on to score his then career-best score of 215*.

Then, the New South Wales player devised his own new habit of taping shoelaces to his socks from the season 2016 of Indian Premier League. The sole purpose was to hide his sight of shoelaces which he found to be quite a distraction while batting. The method had worked out for him as he scored a century against Gujarat Lions following which the habit had been repeating itself in every match of the international arena.

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