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MS Dhoni’s jersey No.7 may not be worn by India players

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 24, 2019UPDATED: July 24, 2019 20:01 IST MS Dhoni’s jersey No.7 may not be worn by India players (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSEven Test players will be seen wearing numbers and names on their jerseys from August 1With MS Dhoni not featuring in Tests, his jersey number 7 might be reservedSachin Tendulkar’s number 10 jersey has already been unofficially retiredThe upcoming World Test Championship will feature jersey numbers behind the white shirts for the first time but there are two numbers that the Indian team is unlikely to use during the Test series against the West Indies in Antigua starting 22 August.Sachin Tendulkar’s famous jersey No 10 has already been “unofficially retired” by the BCCI from white-ball cricket after pacer Shardul Thakur wore it briefly and was heavily trolled on social media.While no Indian players wear the No 10 jersey as a mark of respect for Tendulkar’s stupendous achievements, there is a strong possibility that jersey No 7 worn by Mahendra Singh Dhoni in limited-overs will also not be used in the days’ format.It is learned that most of the Indian players will opt for their limited-overs jersey numbers.”Virat is expected to wear 18 while Rohit wears 45. Most of the players will wear their respective ODI and T20 numbers. Since MS is no longer playing Test cricket, jersey No.7 is available but there is very little chance that any of the players will wear it,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on condition of anonymity.”People relate jersey No 7 with MS. The consignment of numbered jerseys will only arrive in the Caribbean only after ODI series,” he added.While a jersey can’t be retired officially, the BCCI may mull a move as Dhoni’s stature in Indian cricket is such and they also have the Thakur trolling incident on the back of their minds.Dhoni, who has been playing limited-overs internationals since 2015, has taken a two-month sabbatical to serve the Parachute Regiment under the Territorial Army where he is an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel.advertisementThe Ashes, starting 1 August, will be the first bilateral under the World Championship banner. It will also be the first such series where players will have jersey numbers.The move by ICC is an effort to popularise the game and help fans connect better with the players.Also Read | World Test Championship: FAQs and all you need to know about the inaugural tournamentAlso Read | In a 1st in Test cricket, Ashes jerseys to have players’ names and numbersFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Virat KohliFollow World Test Championship MS Dhoni’s jersey No.7 may not be worn by India playersWith the World Test Championship introducing players names and numbers on Test jerseys for the first time, the Indian players are expected to wear their shorter-format numbers on their backs when they take the field against West Indies on August 22.advertisementlast_img read more