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The Stories Behind The Numbers That Indian Cricketers Pick For Their Jerseys

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"Play for the name on the front of the shirt and they will remember the one on the back."

And with the name, they'll associate your jersey number. Imagine what it must be like to wear your country's colours, kiss the crest while you celebrate with billions in unison? The camera pans to your name on the back and with it the number you picked for your jersey.

1. MS Dhoni (7)

His birthday falls on July 7th, Apart from that, he is also a supporter of Manchester United and some of the greatest players of the club like George Best, David Beckham & Cristiano Ronaldo wore number 7. There's no doubt that he is the greatest captain we've ever had and this legendary number suits our captain for sure.

2. Virat Kohli (18)

Has worn it ever since he won the U19 World Cup wearing 18. He captained the World Cup-winning Under 19 team. His number was 18 back then, so he decided to stick with it. 

3. Yuvraj Singh (12)

He was born on the 12th of December at 12 PM, He survived cancer and fought his way back into the team. The warrior carries his birth date & time on his back, and interestingly, he was also born in Sector 12 of Chandigarh.

4. Rohit Sharma (45)

His mother picked it for him during his U-19 days. His mother suggested that he should go for 45. The opener believes in having luck on his side and the number is certainly bringing him some.

5. Ravichandran Ashwin (99)

His favourite number is 9 Not only is 9 his favourite number, his school roll number was also 9. But when he joined Team India, Parthiv Patel (of all people!) had already taken that number, so Ashwin had to settle for 99. Ashwin's Twitter handle is also @ashwinravi99

6. Harbhajan Singh (3)

The off spinner was born on 3rd July. Bhajji is one of the best spinners of his generation and believes in wearing his birth date on the back of his jersey for good luck.

7. Shikhar Dhawan (25)

His family's lucky number. Dhawan's daughter was also born on the 25th, which further contributes to him liking that number on his jersey. Gabbar's Twitter handle is @SDhawan25.

8. Ravindra Jadeja (8)

The grand total of his birthday adds up to 8. He was born on 6/12/1988. 6+12+1+9+8+8 = 44 and 4+4 = 8. He also made his One Day debut for the country on the 8th of February, 2009.

9. Ajinkya Rahane (27)

Considers 9 to be his favourite number. He's the third player in the team to like/want the number 9. Since 2+7 = 9, the 27-year-old went for that combo.

10. Hardik Pandya (228)

His highest score for the Baroda U-16 team Baroda were struggling at 60/4 when Pandya came into bat. The all-rounder scored a double century and helped his side win the Test. However, for the World T20, he is wearing the number 33.

posted Mar 16, 2016 by Ritika Sharma

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The match had gone last possible minute. Mumbai Indians were practically through with the pursuit. Be that as it may, there was MS Dhoni behind the stumps. Watching the whole ground nearly, he rolled out improvements in the field to put the Mumbai side on the backfoot. Indeed, even the Rising Pune Supergiant commander Steve Smith strolled up to him for profitable exhortation in the withering minutes of the match. His sharp personality had every one of the arrangements. In the end, RPS won the match by 3 runs.

In spite of venturing down as commander of the Indian side, the chief in him isn't dead. All things considered, regardless he has a similar outlook as a skipper. Now, it is well-suited to take a gander at minutes when MSD developed as friend in need notwithstanding being non-skipper of the side.

1. Dhoni saves Smith's day

During Rising Pune Supergiant's current amusement against Mumbai Indians, RPS chief Steve Smith had no other alternative yet approach MS Dhoni, whose last-minute counsel did the trap for RPS in a match against Mumbai Indians. Prior to that, Smith had as of now hailed Dhoni as a class player.

2. Dhoni is still Kohli's main advisor

During the England visit, Kohli said something that made each Dhoni fan go bonkers. He said he is as yet taking T20 cricket lessons from Captain Cool. All things considered, it was Dhoni's recommendation that helped India secure the T20 arrangement 2-1.

3. Mahi asks umpires to stop the game

This was the Nagpur T20I against England back in January. As Dhoni was keeping wickets, he recognized that one of the safeguards were not working. He instantly requested that the umpire have the LED safeguards changed to guarantee reasonable play.

4. Commentators are used to calling Mahi captain

During the third ODI against England in Kolkata, Manjrekar, while doing critique, alluded to Dhoni as the chief of the Indian side. In the fifteenth over, after Kohli had a snappy word with MSD, Manjrekar stated, ""Kohli winds up taking the decision of the skipper."

5. Dhoni's advised but Kohli paid the price for overlooking it

During the third and last ODI between India and England, Kohli accepted a DRS call in spite of Dhoni requesting that him not do as such. Kohli ought to have tuned in to Dhoni on the grounds that an official choice was not out.

6. Dhoni takes the DRS without Kohli's permission

During an ODI in Pune against England, MS Dhoni overlooked he's skipper and promptly required an audit in an offered to send Eoin Morgan back to the pavilion.

7. How Dhoni saved Yuvraj Singh's wicket

This occurred during the Cuttack ODI when Yuvraj Singh attempted to cut Chris Woakes yet the English side offered hard for a caught behind. At that point Dhoni proceeded approached Yuvi to require a review.

8. Dhoni is still the best, says Ajinkya Rahane

After Steve Smith assumed responsibility of Rising Pune Supergiant, Rahane was made a request to settle on a decision between MS Dhoni and the Australian captain. Rahane glaringly said that Dhoni is as yet the best leader ever.