7. Steve Waugh (Kept red handkerchief in his pocket)
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Over the years, Australian cricket has produced some world-class players. Some of them, like Allan Border, Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke, went on to become captains. They also won World Cups for their nation.
In terms of Test wins, Steve Waugh is second most successful with 41 wins behind Ponting’s 48. Apart from that Waugh was also his team’s backbone in the middle order. Through his 19 years, Waugh scored 10,927 Test runs at an average of 50.
Waugh also had his own superstitions. He used to keep a red handkerchief in his pocket, which was given by his grandmother. Waugh believed that the handkerchief brought him good luck.
Waugh retired in 2004 against India while playing a match-saving 80 and saving the Sydney Test. Waugh, who was nicknamed ‘Tugga’, will always be remembered for his contributions in the 1999 World Cup. There he scored 398 runs at an average of 80 and guided the Aussies to their second World Cup title.
8. Ravichandran Ashwin (Carried a lucky bag during the 2011 World Cup)
Sachin and Sehwag’s superstitions was only for the quarter-final and final of the World Cup. However Ravi Ashwin’s superstitions were for the entire tournament. Despite the fact that he played or not, Ashwin used to keep a bag as his lucky charm.
After gaining popularity during the IPL, Ashwin got a call for the national team. Despite the presence of experienced Harbhajan Singh, Ashwin did capitalize on the limited opportunities given to him.
In the World Cup, Ashwin played in two games. In the quarter-final against Australia, Ashwin took the important wickets of Shane Watson and Ricky Ponting. After playing in all formats under MS Dhoni, Ashwin has now become a Test specialist. He recently got to the landmark of 350 Test wickets.