Retiring ‘TEN’dulkar: Immortalizing an iconic jersey

Mumbai, November 29: For Indian cricket fans, the sport is a religion, and Sachin Tendulkar means God. Years after his retirement, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to retire the legends number ’10’ jersey as a tribute to the batting maestro.

Earlier this year in September, Indian bowler Shardul Thakur was assigned the No. 10 jersey, thereby irking cricket fans across the world. The petition and demand that BCCI retire Tendulkar’s jersey started around the same time to ‘honour the legacy’ of the master-blaster.

 

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 match.

Ever since Tendulkar retired in 2013, nobody had worn the No.10 jersey until Shardul Thakur in the recent tour of Sri Lanka. The debutant chose the No. 10 jersey which created a massive uproar among cricket fans on social media, which probably led to BCCI making the decision.

It is not uncommon for sports associations to retire a jersey after a legend of the game. Cricket Australia had retired the no. 64 jersey after the tragic death of Phil Hughes. Even in other sports, a lot of jerseys have been retired after great players like Pele (NY Cosmos – No. 10), Diego Maradona (Napoli – No. 10), Javier Zanetti (Inter Milan – No. 4), Johan Cruyff (Ajax – No. 14), Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers – No. 8 & 24).

 

By Aishwarya Tendolkar