Sachin Tendulkar 's No.10 jersey is unofficially retired as no player from the current lot is ready to take up that number as sigh of respect to the legend!
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The No.10 jersey Sachin Tendulkar made his own and will remain the same. It wont flash behind an Indian player in the near future with the B.C.C.I. Board of Control for Cricket in India claiming that cricketers are not ready to take that number out of respect for the legendary batsman. Despite the absence of any plan to formally retire it. Since Tendulkar’s retirement in 2013, Mumbai pacer Shardul Thakur was sporing the No.10 jersey on his ODI debut. This was during the tour of Sri Lanka earlier this year.
The 26-year-old was amidst trolls on social media for his choice and later went on to issue a clarification, stating that he picked the number for numerological reasons.
“It’s a very individual choice. If players don’t want to wear a certain number, one can’t force them. ICC might just tell you that a team can’t officially retire a jersey but it would never tell you that it’s mandatory to wear that number,” a BCCI official told PTI.
“The BCCI has not taken any such call (retiring the No.10 jersey). It’s a very informal thing among players. Also you don’t want young players to be abused like it happened with Shardul Thakur,”. He confirms referring to the trolling of Thakur for wearing the number.
There is no precedence of a jersey number retirement in honor of a player in international cricket. Tendulkar’s IPL team, the Mumbai Indians, had, however, retired the No.10 shirt in his honour.
Iconic jersey numbers always had a strong emotive appeal in international football. But even FIFA never allowed any particular number’s retirement in honor of a player.
However, clubs have done so, the most famous instance being Italian team Napoli retiring Maradona’s No.10 jersey to honour his legendary stint with the side.