In cricketer, there have been a plethora of instances when a jersey number became the representative to the player. Like the jersey No.10, resembles Sachin Tendulkar, and the jersey No.7, resembles MS Dhoni. And, when somebody mentions jersey No.18, Indian skipper Virat Kohli would immediately flash in the minds of cricket fans. Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman has revealed a funny story about Harbhajan Singh and his jersey number.
Laxman stated that during his first tour to Australia in 1999, the last Test was in progress, and the limited-overs matches were scheduled to start after the Test series. Team India’s manager was asking the players as to what number they would like to have behind their jerseys. And, when he came to Harbhajan, the off-spinner stated that the Air India flight number should be his jersey number.
During a chat on Star Sports, VVS Laxman recalled, “I still remember the first tour to Australia in 1999. The last Test was in progress in Sydney and after that, the ODIs were supposed to start. Our manager, Bhargav Sir from Madhya Pradesh, was asking everyone which number they want behind their T-shirt. And when he came to Bhajji and asked what number he wanted, Bhajji replied to write the Air India flight number.”
Harbhajan Singh has also offered his views on the matter as he revealed that he knew that he was going back home. The ‘Turbanator’ concluded by stating that he asked the flight number to be written on his T-shirt as he could wear it on the journey while going back home.
Harbhajan explained, “My thank you was done by then and I knew I am going back. So, I said that A1777 or something like that will be the number of the Air India flight, so let me get that written on the T-shirt and I can wear that T-shirt during the journey home.”
Both VVS Laxman and Harbhajan Singh are legends of Indian cricket. While Laxman played as many as 34 Test matches in which scored 8781 runs in the whites, Harbhajan is currently the third-highest wicket-taker for India in Tests and has scalped 417 wickets in the longest format of the game.