New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to “unofficially” retire the No. 10 jersey for international matches.
The No. 10 jersey, worn by Sachin Tendulkar for several years in one-day internationals and for a solitary T20 international, will, henceforth, be associated only with the Little Master.
Tendulkar retired from international cricket in November 2013 bringing a 24-year-long career to an end. He had last worn No. 10 in March 2012 when he played his last ODI against Pakistan.
Since then, No.10 was unused for nearly five years before Mumbai fast bowler Shardul Thakur decided to don it for his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in Colombo last August.
This prompted trolling of Thakur and BCCI on social media with a flood of comments ridiculing the player for “trying to be a Sachin”.
Thakur however, later explained the reason behind choosing No. 10 saying that the digits of his date of birth (16/10/1991) add up to 28 and 2+8 equals 10. Teammate Rohit Sharma also trolled Thakur on Twitter for wearing the No. 10 jersey.