India’s biggest festival Diwali, which is celebrated across the country with great fervour, is here. The main day of the five-day festival, which begins with Dhanteras and concludes with Bhai-dooj, is Laksmhi Pujan, which will be observed on Sunday. Diwali is the festival of lights, which signifies the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. It lightens up the lives of people across the country with joy. Another thing which makes Diwali special is the firecrackers. The rockets, the bombs, the sparklers, the garlands et al, are enjoyed by kids and elders alike in the evenings. They indeed make our Diwali special, just the way Team India did by winning the series against New Zealand 3-2 on the eve of the great festival.

This made us think of combining the two things that made Diwali special this year — Firecrackers and cricketers. Did you ever think how the world would be if Indian cricketers were firecrackers? In this special Diwali feature, we pick up eight popular cricketers and see which cracker symbolises them the best. Take a look here:

1. Electric Firecrackers – MS Dhoni

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Ever heard of electric Patakhas? Yes, they are a reality now, as you can buy electric fireworks and crackers and celebrate electrifying Diwali this season. They consist of an electronic circuit which produces a high decibel sound when turned on. These crackers produce loud sound, are pollution-free and can be reused unlimited number of times.

India’s limited-overs skipper MS Dhoni is best known for his electrifying glove-work behind the stumps. The strokes from his blades too are electrifying. And just like the electric crackers, which are pollution free, Dhoni’s career has largely been controversy free. So, match found!

2. 3D fireworks and crackers – Rohit Sharma

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For the first time ever, the 3D fireworks and crackers are available in the market. A packet of 3D fireworks comes with a 3D glass, as they can be seen only through the glass. A layman cannot view it without them.

It reminds us of a certain Rohit Sharma, as in order to watch his special talent, you need to have a special (3D) glass. Also these crackers are costly; the way Rohit’s inclusion proves most of the times. What more, these crackers do not produce any sound, just like’s Rohit’s willow.

3. Multiple-shots Rocket – Virender Sehwag

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Though this cricketer does not play anymore, he still manages to light-up our lives by his hilarious tweets and commentary. He tweets multiple times a day, just like the multiple-shot rockets, which reach up in the sky and blast up, producing different kinds of sparkling effects. His tweets, similarly, start trending and attract all kind of reactions — positive and negative.

4. Atom bomb (Sutli bomb) – Virat Kohli

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Famous for producing high sounds, the atom bombs (sutli bombs) are the most evil among all. When they are used, the sound they create lasts really long. In the same manner, when Indian run-machine Virat Kohli plays a big knock, the impact it creates lasts really long. Also the noise in the stadiums when he walks out to bat reaches to the deafening levels, thus matching up the sound created by atom bombs.

5. 10,000-piece garlands (lad)Ajinkya Rahane

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The 10,000-piece garland or bidi bomb or lad is a string of firecrackers fused together, which produces a continuous sound effect for a long duration. Similarly, when Ajinkya Rahane bats in Test cricket, he bats for a long duration. Also, importantly, the garlands can either be used as a single piece or as a part of a garland of 50, 100, 500, 1,000 or 10,000 pieces. Rahane too is a floater and can bat at No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or any other position.

6. Ground spinner (Chakri) – Ravichandran Ashwin

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Just like this circular spinning firework shoots out colourful sparks and flames, ace Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin can shoots the opposition out with his spin, guile and variations. Need we say more?

7. Flower pot (Anar) – Shikhar Dhawan

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The Anar, flower pots or fountains are one of the most popular Diwali firecrackers. They produce sparkling display and showers of coloured sparks upwards for a smaller duration. In the similar fashion, opener Shikhar Dhawan gives flying starts at the top of the order, however, for a brief while. He comes, he hits a few and gets out. Perfect match, isn’t it?

8. Sparkler (Phuljhari) – Ravindra Jadeja

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Phuljhari or the sparkler is undoubtedly the most popular Diwali firework amongst all age groups. And even though the elders find it a bit childish, they do make the circular movements by holding it in their hands to produce dazzling shapes on Diwali. Star Indian cricketer Ravindra Jadeja has somewhat similar fate. He has been made fun-of quite often, but the fact remains he is one of the most likeable characters both inside and outside the dressing room. Whenever he performs, kids and elders alike enjoy his performances. Think we found a match here.

(A self-confessed cricket freak, Chinmay Jawalekar is a senior writer with CricketCountry. When not writing or following cricket, he loves to read, eat and sleep. He can be followed here @CricfreakTweets)