The Board of Control for Cricket in India has unofficially retired jersey number 10 which was donned by the batting legend Sachin Tendulkar throughout his career. Recently rookie fast bowler Shardul Thakur had donned the same jersey number and it had created an unnecessary ballyhoo when the Indian fans had criticised the right-arm fast bowler.
The Indian board understands that it is in the best interest to retire the jersey number which has a lot of emotions attached to it. It is also reported that the same number can be used if a player is playing for India A but it won’t be again witnessed at the International level.
Thakur had to face criticism for donning the jersey number 10.
BCCI official said that it creates unnecessary controversy and it is better to retire the jersey number 10 unofficially. Sachin had donned his number 10 jersey in March 2012 when he played his last One-Day International against Pakistan.
A BCCI official told Indian Express, “It unnecessarily creates controversy and players get criticised. 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”.
Sachin didn’t have any issues but the fans thought that it is not fair for a rookie fast bowler to don the same jersey number as the legendary batsman. To not create any further controversies regarding the jersey number, the Indian board has taken this decision.
When Shardul Thakur was asked that why selected the jersey number 10, the fast bowler had replied that the sum total of his date of birth is 10 and that’s why he had gone with the 10 number on his t-shirt’s back. It is understandable that jersey number 10 is associated with Sachin Tendulkar but the youngster won’t have expected that donning it will land him in trouble.