Jersey Number is considered as an important factor by many cricketers
For any sportsmen, especially in group sports like Cricket and Football, jersey number is significant. They are allowed to pick any single or double-digit numbers as long as the particular number is not picked by any player before. Every cricketer is given a chance to pick their own numbers. If they do not mind random allocation, they are allotted one. Jersey number is more related to personal choice; which is also blended with the factor of superstition. People believe that certain numbers are lucky to them. While, it might be a coincidence that while wearing the number they perform well, but it might also have a strong connection with psyche of the player wearing a number. If the player believes a certain number would bring luck, not wearing it might have negative impact on his mind. This would certainly reflect on their attitude and thereby, the play.
In India cricket team, there are players who picked certain number and stick to them throughout the career. Also, cricket is regarded as a game of numbers. This makes cricketers a bit particular about their jersey numbers. Here are some cricketers who played or is playing with team India, with their particular choice of jersey number and the reasons behind their choice.
Sachin Tendulkar made jersey number 10 famous, especially among Mumbai Indian players
The master blaster was famous for his jersey number 10. Although he started his career with jersey number 99, the batsman changed it soon to 10. Tendulkar faced several issues in his early career, which could have further disrupted his latter games. It was in these times when an astrologer recommended him an alternate number. It was 10; and his game went through a massive transformation as he started to wear the number. Also, the number matches with his surname, which starts with ‘Ten’. Sachin made Jersey number 10 famous among cricketers, especially, the Mumbaikars.
Virat Kohli picked 18 because it was his number in his Under 19 years
Virat Kohli, in an interview, disclosed that he considers himself lucky to get jersey number 18. It is because, his loving father passed away on 18 December of 2006. In the interview, the team India captain said, wearing the number, he feels as if his father is near him. Prem Kohli, his father, is his strongest source of inspiration. Kohli often remembers how, his father used to drop him in training center when he was a kid. Kohli, has been wearing the jersey number since his Under 19 days. The player believes, wearing this number brought him luck in the Under 19 World Cup, leading team India to the title win.
Dravid’s jersey number is his wife’s birthday
Rahul Dravid is among the most quintessential players of not only India, but in the world. In cricket field, the former India captain was known for excellent and elegant batting techniques and in life beyond cricket, he is famous for his kind and generous gestures, turning him as a living hero. He even passed on his jersey number to future cricketers; leaving it, when he retired from the game. When asked about his choice of jersey number, the cricketer responded that number 19 is the best way for him to remember his wife’s birthday. It was once reported that Dravid change his Jersey number to 19 after a numerologist recommended him. Earlier, Dravid used to wear number 5.
Dhoni was born on 7th July, and hence is jersey number
Former captain MS Dhoni wears jersey number 7. Being born on 7th of July, it is his date of birth. Dhoni seems to have followed some of his favorite sportsmen in Manchester United like David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and George Best. He is a diehard fan of the football club.
Number 12 definitely has a larger significance in Yuvraj Singh’s life
In an official video by BCCI, Yuvraj Singh said his jersey number is 12 as he was born on 12th December and 12 PM at Sector 12 of Chandigarh. Naturally, he feels a tendency towards the number. He also believes that 12 is lucky for him. Back in World Cup 2011, the player bagged man of the Tournament award and it was a phenomenal stride in his career.
It was Rohit’s mother, who recommended him Number 45
Hard head striker of team India, the opener, Rohit Sharma, wears jersey number 45. This has a special reason. For Rohit Sharma, 9 is the lucky number. However, it was already picked by another player. His mother picked number 45 for him as it equaled to number 9. Additionally, she also wanted him to wear a double-digit number.
Although there are strong superstitions surrounding jersey number in cricket. Several top cricketers follow guidance of numerologists to pick up favorable numbers. For instance, Virender Sehwag used to wear 44, but he changed the number to 46, after a numerologist recommended him. However, he felt as if his luck did not favor any number. This made him play without any numbers in his jersey. He played several matches wearing numberless jersey. The jersey saga continues worldwide and many other players around the world has their own reasons to pick numbers.
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