New Delhi, Nov 29: In a good news that will definitely cheer all the fans of Sachin Tendulkar, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has taken the decision to “unofficially” retire the No.10 jersey for international matches. Sachin used to wear No 10 all throughout his career in ODIs and for a solitary international T20. Now the no 10 will only be associated with the God of Cricket, Sachin.
Sachin retired in November 2013 thus bringing a 24-year-long career to a beautiful end. The Master Blaster had last worn No. 10 in March 2012 when he played his last ODI against Pakistan.
Since then No.10 remained unused for almost five years before Mumbai fast bowler Shardul Thakur decided to wear 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.