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The number '18' has become synonymous with Kohli
The number '18' has become synonymous with Kohli

On Wednesday, the BCCi decided to "unofficially" retire the jersey of Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar.

A furore was created in September when fast bowler Shardul Thakur was seen wearing the iconic number on his jersey, but since that day, he has been seen wearing the number 54 on his back in a few warm-up matches.

We look at five other greats of the game, who could also have their jerseys retired:

5. Virat Kohli

Ever since the 29-year-old began to play for India in limited-overs cricket from his Under-19 days, under his name behind his jersey, the number '18' has remained constant.

The reason for Kohli to pick that number was because his father passed away on the 18th of December 2006. At the time of his father's passing, the right-hander was of the same age as well.

Since his breakthrough limited-overs hundred against Sri Lanka in Kolkata, the Delhi-based cricketer has evolved himself into a modern-day great in coloured clothing, winning matches almost single-handedly for his country.

His tally of 32 ODI hundreds is second only to Sachin Tendulkar and if he continues his hunger for the three-figure mark, he might well break his record in a few years time.

It would only be fitting if the number belonged to Kohli, post his retirement from cricket.

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