Siddarth Kaul, accepts, many regard him as the head-band player. He also said, it has become a style-statement, across the cricketing circuit. In a freewheeling chat with CricketAddictor, which ranged from the novel coronavirus pandemic situation in the country, thoughts on his comeback, Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli, Kaul also revealed the superstition behind wearing the head-band and how it has changed fortunes for him.
Belief is the name of the game. It makes all the difference. Kaul believes in his guruji, and narrated a fascinating story about his suggestion, has worked wonders for him.
Siddarth Kaul: My guruji asked me to wear the head-band
It was in 2014, when Siddarth Kaul was asked to wear the head gear by his guruji, and subsequently it paid dividends. Kaul performed to the fore in domestic cricket eve since wearing the head gear and even went on to change its colors according to the formats. For him, it came as a blessing, from someone he has faith in.
“There was no idea behind wearing the headband, but he guruji I believe in, he told me in 2014 that if possible where some white band on your head. Then I said, I have never wore white-band, nor do I have long hair and I’m steadily losing it. So let it be, what is the requirement,” Siddarth Kaul told CricketAddictor.
“Then, he said, no wear it. It will be good. I started wearing it that year in domestic, and took around 38 wickets in 6-7 matches, it was very lucky for me. I also started it in one-day, and there also I picked 24-25 wickets that year. In a match against Hyderabad, Rayudu bhai (Ambati Rayudu) told me to remove it, then I was like okay and removed it because it was white-ball cricket, and must have distracted him.
“Then I kept on changing the colour of the band, according to the formats. So, this is what my guruji said, and it also later became a style, people used to recognise me as head-band fast bowler,” he added.
Kaul has played three ODIs and as many matches in the shortest format for India. He has four international wickets to his name and holds an average of 21.00 in the T20Is.