Jersey No. 10 of Sachin Tendulkar to be ‘Unofficially’ Retired by BCCI

What’s more associated with the Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar? Yes you guessed it right, the Number 10 Jersey. And in honour of the living legend, The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has taken a decision of ‘unofficially’ retiring the No. 10 jersey that’s worn by Sachin Tendulkar.

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Sachin Tendulkar has worn the No. 10 jersey for a long period of time in his career. He retired in November 2013 and he had last worn his No. 10 jersey in March 2012, playing his last ODI match against Pakistan.

The batting legend has worn the Jersey No. 10 for a long period of time in his career. And hence the Number 10 jersey can only associate with the legend himself. This move is welcomed by the cricket fans and of course by Sachin Tendulkar’s fans and followers and hence, BCCI is all set to retire the jersey as well.

After Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement, no one in the Indian Team has worn the jersey until last year Shardul Thakur wore jersey no. 10, making his ODI debut in Colombo. This raised a lot of sordid comments from the cricket devotees claiming that Shardul is “trying to be a Sachin.” His act stirred the cricket world and was trapped inside a lot of controversies for wearing the legend’s Jersey number 10.

Thakur however explained why he chose to wear jersey no. 10. He said the summation of all the digits of his full date of birth equals to the number 10.

In response to the controversies that took place, a BCCI official said, “It unnecessarily creates controversy and players get criticised.” He further added, “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.”

However, choosing a jersey number is an individual’s choice. One cannot force to wear them or to put it off. A BCCI official told PTI, “It’s a very individual choice. If players don’t want to wear a certain number, one can’t force them. ICC might just tell you that a team can’t officially retire a jersey but it would never tell you that it’s mandatory to wear that number.”

Several football clubs in different countries have retired their jersey numbers in order to honour those legendary players. And the same action decided to be executed by the BCCI is however unquestioned till now.

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