In the previous episode we have seen how the moustache went out of fashion after The Great War. The trend continued for several decades. The moustache went out of fashion in both Australia and England. There were some not-too-serious efforts in between. Frank Worrell, Garry Sobers, Subhash Gupte, Gulabrai Ramchand, Nari Contractor, Kripal Singh, and Ajit Wadekar are worth a mention.

Contractor possibly had the best moustache of the era, which tells a thing or two about the combined failure of the period. However, Waqar Hasan’s beautifully trimmed pencil moustache cannot be omitted.

Waqar Hasan © Getty Images
Waqar Hasan © Getty Images

It was unfortunate, since this was the era of Salvador Dali, a time when the world of facial hair had a hero to look up to. In fact, the cricketer with a moustache closest to Dali was Jack Saunders, who played his cricket before The Great War.

Jack Saunders © Getty Images
Jack Saunders © Getty Images

The tide turned in the end-1960s. Mushtaq Mohammad, clean-shaven in his early days played a crucial role in the revival of the moustache (how did his teammates let the opportunity of calling him Moustache Mohammad pass?). Ian Chappell improved on that with an excellent horseshoe.

From left: Mushtaq Mohammad and Ian Chappell © Getty Images
From left: Mushtaq Mohammad and Ian Chappell © Getty Images

By the mid-1970s the horseshoe was everywhere. Suddenly it was the latest craze, especially among Australians. It was almost impossible to find an Australian dressing-room without a single representative of the clan.

From left: Ross Edwards, Dennis Lillee, Paul Sheahan, and Greg Chappell © Getty Images
From left: Ross Edwards, Dennis Lillee, Paul Sheahan, and Greg Chappell © Getty Images

And yet, despite the presence of these stupendous moustaches, none matched the sheer splendour of Max Walker. The shape of the face certainly helped, but he still had to hone the beauty.

Max Walker © Getty Images
Max Walker © Getty Images

But Australians were not the only ones. Richard Hadlee and Clive Rice, Nottinghamshire giants with pleasant droops, contributed greatly to the cause, but probably lost out to Clive Lloyd.

From left: Clive Lloyd, Richard Hadlee, and Clive Rice © Getty Images
From left: Clive Lloyd, Richard Hadlee, and Clive Rice © Getty Images

Not all Australians believed in the monotony of the horseshoe. Rod Marsh preferred a conventional one. Allan Border did the same, though one may cite limited growth as a reason.

From left: Rod Marsh and Allan Border © Getty Images
From left: Rod Marsh and Allan Border © Getty Images

The trend continued in the 1980s. Moustaches spread like wildfire across the world. Ewen Chatfield and Eddie Hemmings were seldom spotted together: had they been, they would certainly have reminded the world of Asterix and Obelix. Some others were not too far behind, either.

From left: Ewen Chatfield, Eddie Hemmings, Jeremy Coney, Duleep Mendis, Roy Dias, and Robin Jackman © Getty Images
From left: Ewen Chatfield, Eddie Hemmings, Jeremy Coney, Duleep Mendis, Roy Dias, and Robin Jackman © Getty Images

In India, the revolution started in the south. Abid Ali, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar (who later developed his moustache into a horseshoe), Srinivas Venkataraghavan, and Gundappa Viswanath were the initial exponents.

From left: Abid Ali, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, Srinivas Venkataraghavan, and Gundappa Viswanath © Getty Images
From left: Abid Ali, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, Srinivas Venkataraghavan, and Gundappa Viswanath © Getty Images

The rest of India refused to be left behind. Madan Lal started the trend. Kapil Dev improved on it to grow an all-time great among Indians. The fashion dominated the 1980s. Barring a few exceptions, the Indians generally accepted the moustache.

From left: Kapil Dev, Madan Lal, Yashpal Sharma, Roger Binny, Kirti Azad, Ravi Shastri, Ashok Malhotra, and Narendra Hirwani © Getty Images
From left: Kapil Dev, Madan Lal, Yashpal Sharma, Roger Binny, Kirti Azad, Ravi Shastri, Ashok Malhotra, and Narendra Hirwani © Getty Images

Part III includes tales Sarfraz Nawaz, Sadiq Mohammad, Javed Miandad, Saleem Malik, Rameez Raja, and Tauseef Ahmed among others.