BCCI’s Gesture Retires Dhoni’s Jersey, Signifying Cricket’s Landscape

BCCI’s special tribute: Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s No. 7 jersey officially retired, signifying the end of a remarkable era. Learn about the impact of this decision on the cricketing world.

In a significant move reflecting respect and gratitude, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to retire the legendary Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s iconic No. 7 jersey. This decision comes three years after Dhoni bid adieu to international cricket, serving as a poignant tribute to the former captain’s illustrious career.

The retirement of Dhoni’s jersey symbolizes the end of an era, underlining his unparalleled impact on Indian cricket. This thoughtful gesture ensures that the number 7 will forever be synonymous with Dhoni’s extraordinary achievements and leadership on the field.

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During his captaincy, Dhoni led India to victory in all three white-ball ICC titles — the T20 World Cup in 2007, the ODI World Cup in 2011, and the Champions Trophy in 2013 — while donning the iconic No. 7 jersey.

This move echoes a similar tribute paid to cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar in 2017, when his iconic No. 10 jersey was also retired, recognizing his unparalleled contributions to the sport.

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Notably, the BCCI has communicated to the national team players, particularly debutants, that the numbers associated with Tendulkar and Dhoni are not open for selection. This decision ensures that the legacies of these cricketing icons remain intact, with no new player permitted to wear Dhoni’s No. 7 or Tendulkar’s No. 10 jersey.

In India, where jersey number options are limited, the retirement of these iconic numbers highlights the reverence for cricketing legends. Even if a player is temporarily out of the team, the BCCI maintains a restriction on assigning their number to a newcomer, leaving a limited pool of options for recent debutants.

This move follows a trend in global sports, where retiring jersey numbers has become a powerful gesture to honor extraordinary athletes and immortalize their contributions. In cricket, as in football and basketball, this tradition ensures that the impact of legends like Dhoni and Tendulkar is eternally remembered.

-IANS

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