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Retiring Royalty: BCCI’s Grand Farewell to MS Dhoni’s Iconic Jersey No. 7

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Players of the Indian cricket team are prohibited from choosing the No. 7 jersey, as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has made the decision to retire this number as a tribute to MS Dhoni. The former captain, who led India to victory in all three ICC white-ball tournaments, became synonymous with the No. 7 jersey, creating an iconic association. This marks the second instance of a jersey number being retired, following the retirement of Sachin Tendulkar‘s No. 10 jersey in 2017. As per a report from the Indian Express, the BCCI has communicated to both existing and debutant national team players that the numbers 7 and 10 are no longer available for selection.

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Dhoni has previously disclosed that he opted for the No. 7 jersey simply because it corresponds to his birthdate, July 7. This dispels any notions that the number holds special significance as a lucky charm for him.

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Aspiring young cricketers are currently vying for distinctive jersey numbers, yet many popular choices are already claimed by senior team members. A number of emerging players are currently donning unconventional jersey numbers. For instance, Yashasvi Jaiswal, who recently made his international debut, expressed a preference for No. 19, but the number is currently assigned to Dinesh Karthik. Similarly, Shubman Gill reportedly wished to wear No. 7, yet had to settle for No. 77 instead due to availability constraints.

A senior board official from BCCI stated:

“The young players and current Indian team players have been told not to pick M S Dhoni’s Number 7 jersey. The BCCI has decided to retire Dhoni’s T-shirt for his contribution to the game. A new player can’t get No. 7, and No. 10 was already off the list of available numbers.”


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