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These hidden stories behind Indian Cricket Players Jersey Numbers will make you emotional

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For any athlete or player, especially in sports like cricket, football and basketball jersey number is significant. When talking about cricket, every cricketer is given a chance to pick their own 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 numbers.

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

13Complete list of Indian cricket players jersey numbers

S.N Cricketers Name Jersey Number
1 Virat Kohli 18
2 MS Dhoni 7
3 Rohit Sharma 45
4 Shikhar Dhawan 25
5 Dinesh Karthik 21
6 Hardik Pandya 228
7 Ravindra Jadeja 12
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, Dinesh Kartik 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

12Jersey Number of Virat Kohli: 18

The skipper dons number 18

Let us begin with the captain of the Indian cricket team. 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 in the game of cricket and it was his dream 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 but his memories are with his son who is ruling the world now carrying the number 18 on his back.

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11Jersey Number of MS Dhoni: 7

Thala wears world favourite jersey number 7

It is no surprise the ex-captain of India will come in 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 is 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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10Jersey Number of Rohit Sharma: 45

Vice Captain of India wears number 45

The Hit-Man and Vice-Captain of India join the list too. 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. Some reports states, that his mother also chose 45 for him.

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9Jersey Number of Shikhar Dhawan: 25

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 as @SDhawan25.

8Jersey Number of Dinesh Karthik: 21

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

This is one of the interesting number game. 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.

7Jersey Number of Hardik Pandya: 228

Hardik Pandya with the 228 jersey number on (Credits Deccan Chronicle)

The new sensation all-rounder Hardik Pandya wears number 228. The young gun has kept 228 since this happens to be his highest score in an Under-16 tournament organized by the BCCI once. 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.

6Jersey Number of Ravindra Jadeja: 12

The all-rounder has favourite number 12 on his back (Credits Twitter)

Sir Ravindra Jadeja has been on and off from the Indian cricket team but is considered as 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 still continues with the same number. He was selected because his birthdate is 6/12/1988 and the grand 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.

5Jersey Number of Kuldeep Yadav: 23

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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4Jersey Number of Prithvi Shaw: 100

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.

3Indian Cricket Players Jersey Numbers: Rahul Dravid: 19

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

The Wall of Indian cricket; Rahul Dravid is in 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.

2Indian Cricket Players Jersey Numbers: Sourav Ganguly: 99

Dada changed many jersey numbers but 99 was favourite amongst all (Credits Twitter)

The Dada of Indian cricket changed his jersey numbers for 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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1Sachin Tendulkar Jersey Number: 10

The God of Cricket played with 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 with 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 in 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 with 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 interest to collect and savour the stories and incidents that happen on and off the field. Now, choose your favourite number and get printed on your tee now!

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