India cricket captain Virat Kohli insisted Thursday he will not be shaving off his famous beard any time soon.
The 29-year-old batsman, who said he still cleans his own cricket shoes despite being one of the world´s highest paid athletes, has in recent years become a style icon because of the beard.
A fan asked Kohli at a promotional event whether he would ever get rid of his carefully trimmed bristles.
"I don´t think so, I really like it," replied Kohli who will next month play for English county Surrey to prepare for India´s tour later this year.
"I think it suits me. So I don´t want to get rid of it.
"Looking after it is not that difficult because the beard oils have come in and it´s very easy. A little bit of beard oil and it´s in place.
"But when it gets too big and thick then obviously I have to trim it. That´s the only thing. But no, I would not get rid of it."
Beards became almost ubiquitous in the Indian team until last year when a small group of players including Hardik Pandya and Rohit Sharma said they would shave to break the stranglehold.