Has the BCCI 'unofficially' retired Sachin Tendulkar's No. 10 jersey?

Has the BCCI 'unofficially' retired Sachin Tendulkar's No. 10 jersey?

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has chose to "unofficially" retire the jersey number 10 which was donned by Sachin Tendulkar for several years.

Tendulkar retired from global cricket in 2013 after an incredible 24-year long illustrious career. What's the matter? Actually, the Indian cricket fans outraged when they saw fast bowler Shardul Thakur wearing the number 10 Indian jersey on the field.

This didn't go down well with fans of Tendulkar who started trolling the right-arm pacer on social media and also asked the BCCI to retire the number 10 jersey as well.

No jersey number has been retired from global cricket so far, in honour of a player.

Following the board's decision, the number 10 jersey will be associated only with the "Master Blaster".

Ever since the 29-year-old began to play for India in limited-overs cricket from his Under-19 days, under his name behind his jersey, the number '18' has remained constant.

"It unnecessarily creates controversy and players get criticised", a BCCI official told Indian Express. Once retired, no other future member of the team is allowed to wear a jersey with the same number. Mumbai Indians had also run a social media campaign urging BCCI to retire the jersey. The batting icon retired in November 2013. Next time around, when Shardul Thakur returned to India squad he was not seen wearing the number 10 jersey, rather he was wearing number 54. It is numerology. He further added that 10 is the sum total of his date of birth.

Across the world, various sports teams have retired jerseys of famous players such as the LA Lakers retiring the number 24 jersey after Kobe Bryant retired and the number 33 jersey after Kareem Abdul Jabbar called it a day. It is only at the global level that the number has been retired.

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