It is popularly said that coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress and working together is success. Well, the same undoubtedly goes for the Indian cricket team. Virat Kohli and the boys travel and play together the entire year and it goes without saying that the players have a strong bonding, both on and off the field. From clicking selfies, playing pranks to giving nicknames, it all happens in the Indian dressing room. Almost everyone has a nickname and while some are given by the teammates, others are a gift from fans or just carried since childhood.
Virat Kohli – Cheeku
As a youngster, our captain was on the chubbier side. He had big ears and his haircut made it even more obvious. While playing for Delhi, one of his coach thought he looked like Cheeku the rabbit from Champak. Since then, he has been nicknamed as Cheeku.
M.S Dhoni – Mahi
Playing for the Jharkhand side, he was known to his teammates as Mahe, taken from the initials of his name. As he gained popularity, fans gave him the nicknamed him as Mahi. Since then, we all know our former captain cool as Mahi.
Ajinkya Rahane - Ajju and Jinx
Both his nicknames come from his first name. While a lot of his friends know him as Ajju, Jinx is what his teammates call him. It was Shane Warne who gave him that nickname as he couldn't pronounce Ajinkya during his stint with the Rajasthan Royals during IPL.
Shikhar Dhawan - Jat and Gabbar
Although the cricketer prefers both his nicknames, Gabbar is the more popular one. And it is not without a reason. When the explosive batsman played Ranji, he was often heard yelling -"Bohot yaarana lagta hai," just like Gabbar from Sholay. The cricketer claimed it was to boost the moral of the team.
Suresh Raina – Sonu
It is unclear as how he got the nickname. The cricketer claims that he cannot remember how he got the nickname Sonu. Somebody someday called him Sonu during the practice session and he has been Sonu ever since.
Rohit Sharma - Shaana, Hitman and Ro
Shaana was the nickname given to Rohit by Yuvraj Singh, who thinks the former is the 'wise guy' of the team. His fans like to call him Hitman based on his batting ability and his wife gave him the nickname Ro, which many of his teammates also use.
Hardik Pandya - Hairy and Rockstar
He is known for his flamboyant performance and style. He got the nickname Harry because of his constant hairstyle change and when he was in Mumbai Indians team he got the nickname Rockstar for the same reasons. Suresh Raina calls him Neymar.
Murali Vijay - The Monk
Murali Vijay has never shared with the media as to why he shaved off his head. But nevertheless, it got him the nickname The Monk. Though his reasons for going bald still remains a secret, he doesn’t mind this nickname at all.
Ravindra Jadeja – Jaddu
Well, no surprises there. The name comes from his surname and is simply a shorter version. Ex-cricketer Ajay Jadeja had the same pet name in his playing days. Thanks to Twitter, Ravindra has also been referred to as ‘Sir Ravindra Jadeja’.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar – Bhuvi
Bhuveneshwar Kumar is simply too long a name. Bhuvi sounds more convenient especially when you are playing with foreign players during the IPL. Well nicknames do come up in weird ways, Right?
We all follow our favorite cricket stars in and out. From their records to their gym routine, fans know everything. With the many reasons behind the nicknames, we hope you know the men in blue a little better now.