IPL: When cricketers sought divine intervention...

May 01, 2015, 15:29 IST | A Correspondent

With Rajasthan Royals players visiting Mumbai's Siddhivinayak temple on Thursday, let's look at other instances when cricketers have visited places of worship to seek blessings from deities

Cricket may be a religion in India, but cricketers, despite being treated as demi-gods, too are a deeply religious lot who frequently visit places of worship to seek blessings from deities.

Cricketers of IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals visited the Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai yesterday, a day ahead of their tie against Mumbai Indians

Rajasthan Royals players at Siddhivinayak temple
Rajasthan Royals players visited the Siddhivinayak temple in Prabhadevi ahead of their clash against Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium. Pic/PTI 

There are other instances where cricketers have called on the gods also. Here are some of them:

Yuvraj Singh at Siddhivinayak templeFormer India cricketer and Delhi Daredevils player Yuvraj Singh praying at Siddhivinayak temple.

Raina and Jadeja at Saibaba templeChennai Super Kings and India teammates Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina visited Shirdi Saibaba Temple before India played against Australia in the first ODI in Sobroto Roy Cricket Stadium of Maharashtra Cricket Association in Pune in October 2013. PIC/KRUNAL GOSAVI

Yuvraj Singh
Former India cricketer Yuvraj Singh (R) and his mother pay respects at the Golden temple in Amritsar on February 11, 2014. Pic/AFP

Kings XI Punjab cricketers with Tibetian spiritual leader Dalai Lama during their visit to Tsuglakhang Temple in Mcleodganj, Dharamsala, in May, 2011. Kings Pic/AFP

Sachin TendulkarCricket legend and Mumbai Indians mentor Sachin Tendulkar had visited the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara near Tirupati in February 2013. 

Harbhhajan Singh
Former India cricketer and Mumbai Indians player Harbhajan Singh visited the temple of Lord Shanishwara Devalaya in Bangalore in February 2011. Pic/Sanjay MD

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