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Indian Cricketers Jersey Number – Know Fascinating Stories Behind it

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For any athlete or player, especially in sports like cricket, football, and basketball jersey number are significant. When talking about cricket, every cricketer is given a chance to pick their numbers. If they do not mind random allocation, they are allotted one. Generally speaking, jersey number is more related to personal choice. Here is all about the Indian cricket players’ jersey number.

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We all know, that cricket is regarded as a game of numbers. In many ways, cricketers’ jersey number can define them, have deep meaning, or even be integrated into their attachment. This makes cricket players a bit particular about their jersey number. On this note, we have gathered the backstories of Indian cricketers for selecting their jersey number. While some are extremely interesting, others are very unusual. Let’s take a look at the Indian team cricket players’ jersey number.

Indian Cricket Players’ Jersey Number

S.N Cricketers Name Jersey Number
1 Virat Kohli 18
2 MS Dhoni 7
3 Rohit Sharma 45
4 Shikhar Dhawan 42
5 Dinesh Karthik 21
6 Hardik Pandya 33
7 Ravindra Jadeja 8
8 Kuldeep Yadav 23
9 Prithvi Shaw 100
10 Rahul Dravid 19
11 Sourav Ganguly 99
12 Sachin Tendulkar 10
13 Ajinkya Rahane 27
14 Rishabh Pant 17
15 Jasprit Bumrah 93
16 Mohammed Shami 11
17 Mohammed Siraj 13
18 Ishant Sharma 97
19 Mayank Agarwal 16
20 Shubman Gill, Jaydev Unadkat 77
21 Shreyas Iyer 41
22 Cheteshwar Pujara 25
23 Manish Pandey 21
24 Hanuma Vihari 44
25 Washington Sundar 55
26 Kedar Jadhav 79
27 Krunal Pandya, Piyush Chawla 24
28 Navdeep Saini 96
29 Deepak Chahar 90
30 Umesh Yadav 19
31 Ishan Kishan 32
32 Axar Patel 20
33 Shardul Thakur 54
34 Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra 99
35 Rahul Chahar 28
36 Varun Chakravarthy 29
37 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 15
38 Deepak Chahar 90
39 Hanuma Vihari, Virender Sehwag 44
40 Khaleel Ahmed 27
41 Shahbaz Nadeem 88
42 Shivam Dube 70
43 Wriddhiman Saha 6
44 Yuzvendra Chahal 3
45 Yuvraj Singh 12
46 Suresh Raina 48
47 T. Natarajan 4
48 Gautam Gambhir, Ambati Rayudu 5
49 Prasidh Krishna 43
50 Zaheer Khan 34
51 Pragyan Ojha 30
52 Murali Vijay 26

Jersey Number of Virat Kohli: 18

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The skipper dons number 18

Let us begin with the former captain of the Indian cricket team. The jersey number of Virat Kohli is 18. The run-machine Virat Kohli is currently one of the best batsmen in the world and has been wearing the number (18) since his Under-19 stint. The tale behind this number is heart-touching. It was his father Prem Kohli, who sent him to the game of cricket and he dreamed that his son will one day represent his nation. His father, unfortunately, passed away when he was only 18 years old (December 18, 2006). Though his father never got to see his son play for the Indian national team his memories are with his son who is ruling the world now carrying the number 18 on his back.

Jersey Number of MS Dhoni: 7

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Thala wears the world’s favorite jersey number 7

It is no surprise the ex-captain of India will come on the list. Jersey number 7 has become synonymous with MS Dhoni in India. And the story behind his selection of the number is that Dhoni was born on July 7. It has also been said that Mahi decided to have the number 7 because of his love for Manchester United legend David Beckham who used to wear the same number. Some reports also say that he believes in astrology too and he consulted an astrologer and found the number 7 suitable for him. Dhoni loves the number 7 so much that he even has a company by the name ‘Seven’!


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Jersey Number of Rohit Sharma: 45

Vice Captain of India wears number 45

The Hit-Man joins the list too. Rohit Sharma, the Indian team cricketer’s jersey number is 45. Rohit Sharma was suggested to wear jersey number 9. However, he didn’t want a single-digit number before his mother picked the number 45 for him when he was playing for India U-19 in the 2006 World Cup. Moreover, 4 and 5 add up to 9 and so Rohit gladly accepted the number.

Jersey Number of Shikhar Dhawan: 25

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Gabbar proudly dons jersey number 25 (Credits Twitter)

Here comes the opening batsman of our team; the ‘Gabbar’ Shikhar Dhawan. The left-handed fiery batsman has kept the number 25 seeing it being a lucky family number. The birthday of Dhawan’s daughter is also on the 25th, another important reason why he has kept the number. Shikhar’s batsman’s Twitter handle is also named @SDhawan25. Now Dhawan has opted to continue with his India jersey number 42.

Jersey Number of Dinesh Karthik: 21

Dinesh Karthik has a jersey number of 21 (Credits Getty Images)

This is one of the interesting number games. He once uploaded an Instagram story asking cricket lovers to ask questions. One curious fan asked Dinesh Karthik the secret behind wearing 21 behind his back. The wicket-keeper batsman replied saying it’s his wife’s date of birth and hence he sports the number in his limited-overs jersey. Time and again the wicket-keeper batsman has showered praises for his wife – Dipika Pallikal, who is one of the finest squash players around the globe.


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Jersey Number of Hardik Pandya: 33

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Image Source- Hindustan Times

The new sensation all-rounder Hardik Pandya wears number 33. Earlier he used to wear Number 228. Pandya didn’t keep the number 228 behind his jersey for long and shifted to number 33.

Pandya had jersey number 228 because he had scored 228 against Mumbai during a Vijay Merchant U-16 tournament match at the Reliance Cricket Stadium in Nagothane on December 9, 2009. He was the skipper of the Baroda U-16 side and his team was reeling at 23/4, chasing a 350-plus score. He went on to score a massive 228 in that match and helped his side to taste the victory. From that moment, Hardik has chosen to wear 228.

Later he shifted to jersey number 33 and the motivation behind Hardik choosing the number 33 was because of Numerology only. He is also known to be a believer in Numerology. In number 33 if digits are added, it turns out to be 6 and the number 6 has great significance in Indian cricket.

Jersey Number of Ravindra Jadeja: 8

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The all-rounder has their favorite number 8 on his back (Credits Twitter)

Sir Ravindra Jadeja has been on and off from the Indian cricket team but is considered one of the important all-rounders for the team. Though Jadeja’s lucky number is 12 he was not given the same because Yuvraj Singh was wearing 12 at that time. He chose 8 and continues with the same number. He selected this number because his birthdate is 6/12/1988 and the total of that is 6+12+1+9+8+8 = 44. 4+4 = 8. Interesting fact: Jaddu made his ODI debut on February 8, 2009.

Jersey Number of Kuldeep Yadav: 23

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India’s Kuldeep Yadav (#23) (Credits Getty Images)

The fact that Shane Warne is Kuldeep Yadav‘s life-long idol is no secret. The chinaman has in the past spoken very highly of Warne’s influence in his bowling. Shane Warne represented 23 on his back when he donned a yellow jersey (Australian cricket team). It is been reported that this might be the reason for Kuldeep to choose 23 as his lucky number.


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Jersey Number of Prithvi Shaw: 100

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The young sensation Shaw has ‘100’ on his jersey (Credits Twitter)

Prithvi’s special love for ‘100’ emerged after he won India U19 World Cup last year. The reason behind jersey number 100 of Prithvi Shaw is not any superstition. When asked about this number he replied, “I like this number, ‘hundred’ makes me feel like my surname Shaw. That’s why I wear 100 number jersey.

Indian Cricket Players Jersey Number: Rahul Dravid: 19

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The Wall played with the number 19 on his jersey (Credits Hindustan Times)

The Wall of Indian cricket; Rahul Dravid is on the list too. When asked about Rahul Dravid’s choice of jersey number, the legend responded that number 19 is the best way for him to remember his wife’s birthday. It was once reported that Jammy changed his Jersey number to 19 after a numerologist suggested him.

Indian Cricket Players Jersey Number: Sourav Ganguly: 99

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Dada changed many jersey number but 99 was the favorite amongst all (Credits Twitter)

The Dada of Indian cricket changed his jersey numbers three times in his career. Sourav Ganguly interestingly adopted the number 1 from Sachin Tendulkar and later 99 after Sachin chose to change his number to 10. Eventually, Sourav chose number 24 as his jersey number in 2003. This also has something to do with astrology.


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Sachin Tendulkar Jersey Number: 10

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The God of Cricket played with the number 10

This list is incomplete without the ‘God of cricket’. Sachin Tendulkars jersey number has been kept reserved by BCCI and no player will be assigned the number 10. Sachin started his career with jersey number 99 but changed it soon to 10. Tendulkar faced several issues in his early career, which could have further disrupted his latter games. It was during these times when an astrologer suggested an alternate number. It was 10 and his game went through an enormous revolution as he started to wear the number. Also, the number matches his surname, which starts with ‘Ten’.

Tony Adams, an English football player turned coach rightly said,

“Play for the name on the front of the shirt and they will remember the one on the back.”

The fans develop an interest to collect and savor the stories and incidents that happen on and off the field. Now, choose your favorite number and get printed on your tee now.


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FAQ

Who is jersey number 44 in cricket?

Virender Sehwag, who used to wear number 44 on his jersey. But in a unique case, this legend wore a jersey without a number on his India comeback in the 2011 World Cup, which even upsets the ICC.

Why are there 3 stars in Indian jersey?

The three stars on Indian cricket team jersey symbolise India’s victories in three World Cups so far. 

Whose jersey number is 8 in cricket?

Ravindra Jadeja wears Jersey number 8 in Indian cricket team. Though Jadeja’s lucky number is 12 he was not given the same because Yuvraj Singh was wearing 12 at that time. He chose 8 and continues with the same number.

Who wears jersey number 33 in Team India?

Hardik Pandya shifted to jersey number 33 and the motivation behind Hardik choosing the number 33 was because of Numerology only.

Who is jersey No 1 in Indian team?

The jersey number 1 in the Indian cricket team is usually worn by KL Rahul.

Who is the 18 jersey in Indian cricket team?

The run-machine Virat Kohli is currently one of the best batsmen in the world and has been wearing the jersey number (18) since his Under-19 stint.

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Akshay Badwe
Akshay Badwe
The God taught me to love everybody but the most ones I learned to love are the athletes. Desire, determination and discipline takes me to a great deal of love towards sports. One can call me an avid sport maniac because I love to pen down some glorious content on sports. Being from journalism background with experience in media from couple of years I would like to keep this legacy going and now joining Kreedon gives me one more platform to explore the new world. I am always up to have a word on sports with a coffee.

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