The jersey numbers on the back of the players donning started during ICC World Cup 1999. According to that rule, captains were expected to wear jerseys with 1 printed on it and other players can wear the number of their choice.
Few cricketers kept the tradition going whereas a few were not concerned in whatever number jersey they wear. But, some players chose a particular number because of which that particular numbered jersey became popular.
In the current Indian team, most of the players have a particular set of the reason for their jersey numbers. There is a story behind every player choosing a specific number. Here are the reasons of some stalwarts of the current Indian team.
1. MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni jersey number-7
Dhoni is one of the most successful Indian skippers and he wears the number 7 jersey. He chose the number 7 because of his love for English Premier League football club Manchester United.
MS used to be a goalkeeper in his school days and he still is a passionate footballer. He is a huge fan of Manchester United’s iconic player George Best and ex-player Cristiano Ronaldo who wear the number 7 jersey. However, Dhoni’s fans believe that he dons the number 7 jersey because he was born on this date.
2. Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma jersey number-45
The two-time double centurion Indian opener Rohit Sharma dons wears the 45-number jersey because his mother chose that number for him. He has been wearing the same jersey number since he started playing Under-19 cricket.
3. Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh jersey number-12
The flamboyant southpaw has a coincidence behind wearing the number 12 jersey. Yuvraj was born on December 12 in the 12th hour of the day at sector 12. There is nothing much to explain to do as to why he wears this jersey. It should be pretty clear now.
4. Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan jersey number-25
There is a funny reason behind Indian opener Dhawan’s 25-number jersey. He wears this jersey to remember the birthday of her wife. However, we hope he does not forget her birthday now, even if he does then there will be no excuse for him to make.
5. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli jersey number 18
The Indian skipper Virat Kohli wears the number 18 jersey when he walks into the ground because of an emotional reason. On December 18, 2006, Kohli’s father died, Kohli’s father always wanted to see his son playing cricket for Team India. The first time Kohli wore a number 18 jersey was at Under-19 level.