BCCI retires 'Master Blaster' Sachin Tendulkar's No.10 jersey

BCCI received a lot of criticism when Indian pacer Shardul Thakur wore Sachin Tendulkar's No.10 jersey

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to retire the No.10 jersey worn by cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. There was a huge social media stir when youngster Shardul Thakur donned the No.10 jersey against Sri Lanka in an ODI game.

Speaking to CricketNext, a senior BCCI official said that current treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry had written a mail to the senior members requesting them to retire the jersey after Thakur wearing it had caused a backlash.

Unlike in Basketball and many other sports, there is no provision to retire jerseys in ICC guidelines so the BCCI has decided to unofficially retire Tendulkar's number.

Tendulkar’s No.10 jersey has been iconic throughout his 24-year-old cricket journey and the Master Blaster has made the number his own.

Shardul Thakur made his ODI debut for India against Sri Lanka in the fourth ODI at the R Premadasa Stadium in September, but the fans were a little upset with him and BCCI over the jersey.

Shardul opted to wear the No.10 jersey, which Tendulkar was famously known to wear and this wasn’t accepted by fans very well.

Thakur cleared the air and responded why he chose 10 as his jersey number. In an interview, he revealed the real reason behind his jersey number was numerology. He clarified that 10 was the total of his date of birth as he was born on October 16, 1991.

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