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Indian Cricket Team Jersey Numbers

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Indian cricket team jersey numbers: Ever since the beginning of inaugural World Test Championship in 2019, there is a notable change that was implemented by ICC in test cricket. This change was not related to anything about the play but the fact that they made it mandatory for all the teams to display names and numbers on the back of jersey even during the test matches. This was mainly to make players more recognizable to common viewers even from the back. Interestingly, some of the major domestic competitions like, Sheffield Shield, Plunkett Shield already had this protocol in place previously.

Indian cricket team jersey numbers

Players are allowed to pick the numbers that they want to be displayed on their backs. Generally, these are the numbers that they feel good about. Some of these players also believe in numerology and like to place a lot more research about these numbers than just random picks. Others have taken these numbers as some of the important numbers in their cricket career.

Almost all cricket fans know about the numbers behind the backs of India national cricket team superstars Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and other big names. There are some interesting stories behind these numbers as well. Virat Kohli has 18 on his back as a tribute to his father. He was 18 years old when his father passed away and as his father couldn’t watch him play for India, number 18 has always been stuck below his name. MS Dhoni obviously believes ‘7’ as his lucky number. Rohit Sharma is using ‘45’ ever since his debut in WT20 2007 because of a suggestion from his mother.

Ravichandran Ashwin wanted a number ‘9’ on his back but since Parthiv Patel was wearing the same number at the time of his debut, he added another ‘9’ and made it ‘99’. Ravindra Jadeja had ’12’ as his first priority but since Yuvraj Singh had that number, he took ‘8’. Adding his birth date (06-12-1988) in numbers would be ’44’ and 4+4=8.

Player Name Jersey No
Rohit Sharma 45
Shubman Gill 77
Cheteshwar Pujara 25
Virat Kohli 18
Ajinkya Rahane 27
Rishabh Pant 17
Ravindra Jadeja 8
Ravichandran Ashwin 99
Jasprit Bumrah 93
Mohammed Shami 11
Mohammed Siraj 13
Ishant Sharma 97

  

Why Kohli wears 18, Dhoni wears 7, Rohit wears 45, and more stories behind jersey numbers