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MS Dhoni’s legacy lives on: BCCI retires iconic number 7 jersey

MS Dhoni’s legacy lives on: BCCI retires iconic number 7 jersey

MS Dhoni’s legacy lives on: BCCI retires iconic number 7 jersey

MS Dhoni’s legacy lives on: BCCI retires iconic number 7 jersey

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  • BCCI has decided to retire MS Dhoni’s iconic number 7 jersey.
  • Dhoni becomes the second player to have his jersey retired.
  • Dhoni led India to victory in all three major ICC competitions as captain.
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The esteemed number 7 shirt worn by the late Indian captain MS Dhoni will be retired, per the decision of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Dhoni is the second player in BCCI history to have their jersey retired, after Sachin Tendulkar.

The BCCI has decided to retire his jersey, as reported by the Indian media, guaranteeing that no player will ever again be given the number 7 shirt.

Iconic cricket player Dhoni has an outstanding record as a captain and player. The Indian side won all three major ICC competitions when he was captain: the 2007 T20 World Cup, the 2011 ODI World Cup, and the 2013 Champions Trophy.

In 350 ODI matches across his career, Dhoni accumulated 10,773 runs at an average of 50.57, including ten centuries and seventy-three half-centuries for India. He amassed 1617 runs in 98 T20I matches at a strike rate of 126.13 and an average of 37.60. In addition, he amassed 4876 runs in 97 Test matches, scoring 33 fifties and six hundreds, and picking up 294 wickets in his role as a wicketkeeper.

Not only does cricket have the practice of retiring jerseys, but football and basketball do as well. For example, the Chicago Bulls retired Michael Jordan’s iconic number 23 jersey in honor of the player, while the Italian team Napoli retired Diego Maradona’s iconic number 10 uniform.

As per the criteria set forth by the International Cricket Council (ICC), players are generally allowed to select any number between 1 and 100 for their shirts. There are, however, some limitations on jersey choices in India.

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Yashasvi Jaiswal, a 21-year-old opener who rose to fame with the Rajasthan Royals, was scheduled to make his debut for India in international cricket earlier this year. Jaiswal’s favorite number, from his time with the Royals, was 19. But Dinesh Karthik, an irregular member of the team, had already claimed the number. Jaiswal was forced to make do with the number 64 jersey for his debut as a result.

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