IPL 2018

Gallery: Cricket's best tattoo art

Inspired by Megan Schutt's epic new body art, we take a look at some of cricket's most famously inked-up players

Cricket Network

22 May 2018, 11:21 AM AEST

Before jetting off to India to appear in the historic IPL Women's T20 Challenge match, Australia spearhead Megan Schutt revealed what had been keeping her occupied during the off-season: getting some serious new body art.

The South Australian ace added an Alice in Wonderland-themed tattoo to her collection, which already included a pineapple, a flamingo named 'Freddy' and a camel, revealing the new ink on social media.

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Schutt will be one of five Australians in action in tonight's Women's T20 Challenge match in Mumbai, as she takes the field for the IPL Supernovas, with Southern Stars teammates Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry on the same saide. They will play a one-off showcase match ahead of the men's first qualifying final against the IPL Trailblazers with Aussies Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney.

The Aussies will be joined by a collection of the world's best players from India, England and New Zealand and the match could be the first step towards an eventual women's IPL competition.

"It's humbling, to be requested for the game is awesome," Schutt told cricket.com.au. "To me, that's a big honour to be part of a game that is potentially going to be the start of something bigger in the future, of a women's IPL.

"So I just hope the game is a good spectacle and it's something everyone can enjoy."

New Zealand trio Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine and Lea Tahuhu, and England pair Danielle Wyatt and Danielle Hazell, round out the contingent of overseas players who will join 16 locals for the clash.

Schutt is far from alone when it comes to cricketers with an affinity for ink – here are some of cricket's most iconic tattoos:

Virat Kohli

Kohli's tattoos include a Japanese Samurai and a scorpion in honour of his star sign.

Brendon McCullum

The Kiwi master blaster's sleeve honours his New Zealand cap numbers. It features a scroll containing the Roman numerals CXXVI (126 - his ODI cap number), XLII (42 - his limited overs shirt number), and CCXXIV (224 - his Test cap number). He also has a silver fern tattoo on his left breast that's usually hidden under his playing kit. He revealed an epic back tattoo that was a work in progress during last summer's Big Bash League which pays tribute to his love of thoroughbred horses and his family.  

A BBL shirt change revealed McCullum's back art // Getty

Kevin Pietersen

Pietersen's collection includes a map of the world with red stars to highlight the venues where he's scored a century (his Instagram photo above was taken in a mirror, hence the reversed map), as well as the traditional Three Lions of England - an interesting choice given his South African heritage - plus his children's names and a tribal pattern.

Mitchell Johnson

Johnson's arm sleeve added to the fearsome look for a bowler who at the height of his powers was the world's most fearsome left-armer. His ink includes Japanese koi and cherry blossoms - seen as lucky symbols in that culture - while he also has a panther on his torso.

Johnson's Japanese-themed sleeve // Getty

Ben Stokes

No stranger to the tattoo artist, the New Zealand-born Ben Stokes' collection includes the lyrics from a Drake song and Maori motifs in honour of his heritage.

Matthew Wade

Wade's tattoo of the late Phillip Hughes - the pair were very close friends - provides a constant reminder that there's more to life than cricket.

Adam Zampa

Zampa has a dancing John Travolta from Pulp Fiction on his forearm. He also has a bull tattoo on his left bicep and geometric pattern that holds special meaning for the leg-spinner and is a tribute to the late Phillip Hughes.

Kane Richardson

The Australia limited-overs fast bowler has a tattoo of a woman wearing a wolf's head hat on his right leg, and also sports a full sleeve on his left arm.

Richardson's leg artwork // Getty
Richardson's tattoo sleeve // Getty

Jake Lehmann

Another South Australian with tattoos on his lower leg, Jake Lehmann has a rather debonair monacled, moustachioed gentleman, as well as a pyramid design.

Redbacks batsman Jake Lehmann // Getty

Chris Gayle

The 'Universe Boss' sports a lion, complete with crown and wings, inked on his chest 


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Peter Siddle

What more can you say, the ultimate team man who gave it all for Australia every time he bowled has the archetypal Australian tattoo on his back

Aussie Peter Siddle // Getty