In the world of sports, Jerseys and their numbers hold significant importance. Some Jersey numbers are synonymous with the greatest of the sportspersons across the sports. Some iconic names would automatically come to mind on calling upon some numbers. From the association of Leo Messi, Sachin Tendulkar, and Zinedine Zidane with number 10 to Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, and MS Dhoni associating with number 7, every jersey number has become the identity of the particular sportsperson.
Talking about Indian Cricket, we have seen legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid making number 10 and 19 popular respectively. Cricket fans have always wondered the reasons behind the jersey numbers of their favorite stars.
Jersey numbers of Indian cricketers and their significance
Hardik Pandya – 228
Hardik Pandya has already established himself as a key member of the Indian team in white-ball cricket. The explosive all-rounder dons the number 228 on his national jersey. 228 is the highest score of the junior Pandya brother in competitive cricket. The Baroda all-rounder racked up the score during a Vijay Merchant U-16 encounter.
Dinesh Karthik – 21
Dinesh Karthik has had a roller-coaster of a career so far. He has been in and out of the side throughout his career. He has won the T20 World Cup 2007 and the Champions Trophy 2013 with the national team. After getting married to squash star Dipika Palliakal, Karthik has donned the Jersey number 21, which happens to be the date of birth of his wife.
Kuldeep Yadav – 23
Kuldeep Yadav is the only Indian bowler to take two hat-tricks in the ODI Cricket. The left-arm chinaman considers Shane Warne as his idol. Kuldeep wears the Jersey number 23 for Team India, which also is the date of birth of the legendary Aussie leg spinner Shane Warne.
Shikhar Dhawan – 25
The Gabbar is an integral member of the Indian ODI cricket set-up. Dhawan wears the Jersey number 25 while playing for India and the number 25 is the lucky number for the Dhawan family. Interestingly, Dhawan recently changed his jersey number to 42 from 25 for the reasons unknown.
Rahul Dravid – 19
The former cricketer Rahul Dravid has switched to many jersey numbers throughout his career. The Wall started his career wearing number 5 but switched to number 24 during the Pakistan tour in 2004. However, renowned astrologist Sanjay B advised Dravid to wear the jersey number 19, and he wore the same number till the end of his career.
Rohit Sharma – 45
The number 45 is omnipresent with Rohit Sharma. The Hitman once revealed that the number was suggested by his mom during the U-19 World Cup and it has stayed with him ever since.
Yuvraj Singh – 12
The prince of Indian Cricket was born on the 12th December (12th month of the year) in the 12th hour of the day. Coincidentally, he was born in sector 12 of Chandigarh. Anything more left to explain?
Sourav Ganguly – 1, 99, and 24
Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly started his career wearing number 1 jersey but switched to 99 later after Sachin Tendulkar vacated the number. However, Dada switched to number 24 before the 2003 World Cup at the advice of Sanjay B Jumaani.
MS Dhoni – 7
MS Dhoni was born on 7th July 1981. Many believe that Mahi chose the number for his love for David Beckham who also wore number 7 during his football days. The former Indian cricketer is reckoned as one of the best skippers in the history of Indian cricket. He is the only player to lift three ICC Trophies as a captain of the national side. Under his captaincy, Team India won ICC T20 World Cup 2007, ICC World Cup 2011, and ICC Champions Trophy 2014. He won several accolades and Man of The Match donning his favorite jersey number 7.
Virat Kohli – 18
Jersey number 18 has already become synonymous with the Indian skipper Virat Kohli. He has been wearing the number since the start of his career. 18 is the date of birth of Virat’s late father and the jersey number is a tribute to him. It is well known that players are quite emotional about their family and tribute from the Indian skipper is one of the biggest examples of his love for his late father.
Sachin Tendulkar – 99 and 10
Sachin Tendulkar started his career wearing jersey number 99 but switched to jersey number 10 later. While many believed the move is due to some astrological reasons, Sachin later clarified that it was because number 10 is a part of his surname ‘Ten/10’dulkar. This is the reason why Sachin wore the number 10 for the rest of his career.