BCCI unofficially retires Tendulkar’s No. 10 jersey: Report

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to retire the Jersey No. 10 graced by Sachin Tendulkar for over two decades.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to “unofficially” retire the No.10 jersey for international matches. The No.10, worn by Sachin Tendulkar throughout his career in ODIs and for a solitary international T20, will, henceforth, be associated only with the Master Blaster, Indian Express has reported quoting board sources.

Indian Premier League franchisee Mumbai Indians had retired the No.10 in 2013 after Tendulkar retired from all forms of the game.

Ever since Tendulkar’s retirement from limited overs international cricket in November 2013, the Jersey No 10 was not used by any player till the time Shardul Thakur had don the number on his ODI debut at Colombo last August.

This had led to criticism of Thakur on social media for “trying to be a Sachin”.

Rohit Sharma too had taken a swipe at Thakur by posting his photo with a smiley and a caption: “Hey bro what’s your jersey number?”

In an interview, Thakur claimed numerology as the reason. He said the digits of his date of birth (16.10.1991) add up to 28 and 2+8 equals 10.

Thakur refrained from using No. 10 when he returned to India squad in October for the series against New Zealand. In warm-up games, he was seen wearing No. 54.

“It unnecessarily creates controversy and players get criticised,” Indian Express had quoted a BCCI official as saying. “So it’s better to retire the number unofficially.

Players, though, can wear it when they play for India A or for say a non-international list A match but not during an international”.

Retiring the jersey numbers donned by legends is not unprecedented in sports.