In what’s an interesting new improvement, the Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) has determined to retire the Quantity 7 jersey as a tribute to the person who wore it for 16 years whereas taking part in cricket for India’s males’s staff. He’s none apart from MS Dhoni. ‘Thala’ as he’s popularly referred to as in Chennal final performed for India in 2019 and retired from all types of worldwide cricket in August 2020. Three years later, BCCI has determined to retire the jersey.
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Earlier than Dhoni’s No 7 jersey, BCCI had additionally retired cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar’s No 10 jersey. Tendulkar’s jersey was retired in 2017 after Shardul Thakur confronted large trolling for carrying it in one of many matches. Followers related the quantity 10 with Tendulkar and couldn’t see anybody else put on that quantity on their backs.
Jersey No.7 Retired !! ___
“The younger gamers and present Indian staff gamers have been instructed to not decide MS Dhoni’s Quantity 7 jersey. The BCCI has determined to retire Dhoni’s T-shirt for his contribution to the sport.” @MSDhoni | #MSDhoni | #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/ARIFkYPn1u
— Nithish MSDian _ (@thebrainofmsd) December 15, 2023
It was additionally felt that these jersey numbers have change into so iconic that those who will put on them subsequent must bear the pointless stress of residing as much as the identical requirements.
The Indian Categorical newspaper studies that BCCI have already instructed he younger and present gamers that jerseny quantity 7 isn’t any extra out there to be picked. “The younger gamers and present Indian staff gamers have been instructed to not decide MS Dhoni’s Quantity 7 jersey. The BCCI has determined to retire Dhoni’s T-shirt for his contribution to the sport. A brand new participant can’t get No. 7, and No. 10 was already off the record of accessible numbers,” mentioned a senior Board official instructed the newspaper.
ICC permits cricketers to select any quantity from 1 to 100 to be on the again of their jerseys. When a more energizing is picked within the nationwide staff, she or he is requested which quantity does she or he need on their again. If the quantity is on the market, it’s given to that participant. For instance, Shubman Gill wished the quantity 7 on his again in the course of the U19 World Cup in 2018 however as a result of it was not out there, he settled for 2 7s. He has 77 on his again, each on India and Gujarat Titans (GT) jerseys.
It must also be famous that BCCI offers simply 60-odd numbers to gamers to select from. “At current, 60-odd numbers are designated to the regulars within the Indian staff and people in rivalry. So even when a participant is out of the staff for a few yr or so, we don’t give away his quantity to a brand new participant. Meaning a current debutant has simply 30-odd numbers to select from,” mentioned a BCCI official.
Earlier this yr, Yashasvi Jaiswal wished to play for India with quantity 19 on his again. Nonetheless, that quantity is with Dinesh Karthik at the moment. He’s inactive and never a part of the nationwide staff however the quantity will probably be out there solely when Karthik retires from all types of worldwide cricket. Jasiwal opted for quantity 64 when he was not given the quantity 19.