Sachin Tendulkar’s No. 10 jersey to be retired by BCCI

The Indian Express has learnt that BCCI sounded out top players from the Indian team and they agreed that it made sense for No. 10 to be retired.

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai | Updated: November 29, 2017 5:04 pm
BCCI retired No 10 for Sachin The No.10 will, henceforth, be associated only with Sachin Tendulkar (Source: Facebook/@SachinTendulkar)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to “unofficially” retire the No.10 jersey for international matches. The No.10, worn by Sachin Tendulkar throughout his career in ODIs and for a solitary international T20, will, henceforth, be associated only with the man himself.

Tendulkar retired in November 2013 bringing a 24-year-long career to an end. He had last worn No. 10 in March 2012 when he played his last ODI against Pakistan.

Since then, No.10 was unused for nearly five years before Mumbai fast bowler Shardul Thakur decided to don it for his ODI debut at Colombo last August. This prompted trolling of Thakur and BCCI in social media with a flood of comments ridiculing the player for “trying to be a Sachin.”

“It unnecessarily creates controversy and players get criticised,” said a BCCI official. “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.”

The Mumbai Indians, incidentally, had retired No.10 in 2013 after Tendulkar retired from all forms of the game.

The Indian Express has learnt that BCCI sounded out top players from the Indian team and they agreed that it made sense for No. 10 to be retired.

It wasn’t just Tendulkar’s fans who trolled Thakur, even Rohit Sharma took a swipe, posting a photo of Thakur with a smiley and a caption: “Hey bro what’s your jersey number?”

In an interview, Thakur claimed numerology as the reason. He said the digits of his date of birth (16.10.1991) add up to 28 and 2+8 equals 10.

Thakur refrained from using No. 10 when he returned to India squad in October for the series against New Zealand. In warm-up games, he was seen wearing No. 54.

This isn’t the first time a team has retired a number. Various football clubs have done it. Inter Milan retired No 4 jersey in 2014 once Argentinian defender Javier Zanetti called it quits. Just like West Ham United did with No. 6 which was worn by legendary Bobby Moore. AC Milan, interestingly, retired No.3 made famous by Paolo Maldini but it can still be worn by one of his sons — if they make it professionally.

It’s the same in the NBA with LA Lakers stopping No. 24 after Kobe Bryant and No. 33 for Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Chicago Bulls retired No 23 after Michael Jordan called it quits.

Incidentally, it’s not a practice in international football. The Argentinian federation decided to retire No. 10 in honour of Diego Maradona and even left it out while listing numbers for their 23-member squad for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. They had reserve goalkeeper Roberto Bonano listed as No 24. FIFA, however, didn’t agree and eventually striker Ariel Ortega who was originally No. 23 wore No. 10 during the tournament. It’s Lionel Messi, understandably, who gets to wear it these days.

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  1. J
    Jai BJP
    Nov 29, 2017 at 4:19 pm
    Bharat Ratan first joke, Number 10 second,,, What Next. Indian cricket Think something more Stupid please.....
    1. C
      Nov 29, 2017 at 1:27 pm
      So what’s the problem if another player uses no 10 ? So long he doesn’t change his name to Sachin Tendulkar
      1. T
        Nov 29, 2017 at 12:54 pm
        Cricket is bigger than individuals , certainly wrong decision by BCCI
        1. B
          Nov 29, 2017 at 11:20 am
          How does 16.10.1991 add up to 28?
          1. D
            Nov 29, 2017 at 1:14 pm
            16/10 thats 7 1 8 and 1991 20 2 So 8 2 10
          2. P
            Pink Chuddi
            Nov 29, 2017 at 10:27 am
            Why is emotional card played out by BCCI.. Cricket is most corrupt game in the world... Why do politicians like Rajiv Shukla, sharad Pawar, Arun Jaitley, Manohar Joshi who has not held a cricket bat in their life president of BCCI... All parties men have became presidet. There is massive betting syndicate behind cricket matches.. They are sophesticately fixed... Viewers are not there for this corrupt game so BCCI is desparate... Now question of Sachin. He is greatest player of the game... But does that mean no one else would be better or even similar or even reach just below sachines height ??? We Indians are emotional s. Scrutinize all cricket matches ,, easy catches are dropped,,, batsman who compltes two runs easily is runout in one run by running slowly, knicks for catches to wicketkeeper are offered on platter.... most 5 series matches are fixed so as 2 are won by each team and final is made INTERESTING... DUMP cricket... go for other sports Our girl are doing GREAT
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