Identical jersey numbers of Indian National Cricket Team players 

Mohsin Kamal

Cricket, the game that holds the highest rank among all the sports in India, is often explained as a religion across this region. People have a distinctive love for it and they leave no stone unturned to come out and show their jubilation for the gentlemen's game.

Pertinently, with the time, numerous youngsters have aspired to become cricketers, hence increasing the overall development of cricket has been swift in the country. The players share an even more special space and are seen as national heroes. Since jersey numbers are an important part of players' identity in cricket, people remain in awe of these numbers.

In this slider, we look at the identical jersey numbers of some of the star Indian cricketers.

#10- Sachin Tendulkar and Shardul Thakur

It doesn't matter which country you belong to, there is no doubt that you know the name of Sachin Tendulkar. The legend who ruled the world cricket for decades and finished with creating a number of records, the epitome of the perfect batsman, wore the number 10 jersey in his long limited-overs career. There were even revelations that Tendulkar had a special connection with this number.

Recently Mumbai-based seamer, Shardul Thakur was also seen wearing the number 10 jersey in his initial matches for India. However, later on, reports suggested that BCCI had decided to retire the number 10 jersey after people showed anger about its repetition.

#24- Sourav Ganguly and Piyush Chawla


The prince of Calcutta, Sourav Ganguly, has been one of the best captains of the Indian cricket team in both Test and ODI cricket. The left-handed batsman not only left a mark with his scintillating batting but was equally impressive with leadership skills. Lovingly called Dada, Ganguly wore several jersey numbers in his career, however, he dressed 24 number for the major part.

The leg-spinner, Piyush Chawla who played for India in 2011 World Cup also dressed number 24 during his early days in international cricket. He has been out of the team since a long time though plays domestic cricket and IPL on regular basis.

#3- Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina


One of the all-time best Indian spinners, Harbhajan Singh, who is at the fag end of his career wore number three jersey in the white-ball cricket career. Bhaji who last played for India in 2016 is expected to retire soon as the 38-year-old seems to have already lived the end of his international days.

The other player who comes out wearing number three jersey is Suresh Raina. The southpaw was once an irreplaceable part of team India, however, he is not in the scene presently.

#19- Rahul Dravid and Dinesh Karthik


Rahul Dravid wore number 19 shirt in most of his limited-overs legacy-carrying career. Mostly known as Wall, Dravid scored over 10000 ODI runs for India while also led the side for quite a fair amount of time. He is still contributing to Indian cricket by his coaching skills.

Dinesh Karthik, India's latest white-ball finisher, also dresses 19 number jersey. Although he had to wait for a while for his comeback, he presently plays a crucial role for the team in giving the finishing touch to innings.

#5- Gautam Gambhir and Ambati Rayudu

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India's 2011 World Cup winning hero, Gautam Gambhir, used number five jersey throughout his ODI and T20I career. While Ambati Rayudu who recently debuted has also chosen to wear the same number jersey.

Gambhir served Indian cricket for quite a long time before he called it a day last year while Rayudu is a fresh talent trying to book his place in the team.

#99- Ravi Ashwin and Amit Mishra


The spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Amit Mishra wears number 99 jersey in the ODI and T20I cricket. Both of them have played for India for a good amount of time, however, are struggling to make it to the team during current times.

Nonetheless, Ashwin is a regular part of Test team but there are no signs of him in the white-ball cricket as of yet. On the other hand, Mishra is also not in the current scheme of things.

#28- Dinesh Mongia and Yusuf Pathan


Dinesh Mongia, the Indian ODI specialist of early and mid-2000s, wore number 28 in his seven-year-long career. The southpaw scored 1230 runs in 58 ODIs for India while also chipped in with 14 wickets with his part-time bowling.

The power-hitting sensation, Yusuf Pathan has also played a fair amount of cricket for India in ODI and T20 cricket. The right-handed batsman, however, has also been out of national scenes for a long time. He too wears number 28 jersey.

#6- Wriddhiman Saha and Mohit Sharma

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The wicket-keeper batsman, Wriddhiman Saha, and medium pacer, Mohit Sharma also share the same shirt number as both of them dress six number jersey. Saha who faced an injury last year, was a regular part of the Test team, though since Rishabh Pant took over, he hasn't got any chances yet.

Mohit too played 2015 World Cup for India but due to his downfall, he hasn't played at the international level during recent times.

#17- Robin Uthappa and Ajinkya Rahane


Karnataka born wicket-keeper batsman, Robin Uthappa, who hasn't played for India since 2015, wore number 17 jersey for most of his international career. Pertinently, Ajinkya Rahane also dressed the same number shirt in his early days.

While it's almost over for Robin, Rahane is still in the scheme of things. He is quite regular in white-dress though hasn't played much limited-overs cricket recently.

#9- Ajit Agarkar, Manish Pandey


One of the former successful bowlers of India, Ajit Agarkar, was seen wearing number nine jersey for all this white-ball career. The right-arm pacer shared a lot of success for India in his peak years while also chipped in with some handy runs down the order.

Manish Pandey, the exciting middle-order batsman also dresses the number nine shirt. He debuted for India in 2015 and has appeared in 28 T20I and 23 ODI matches thus far.

Edited by Kingshuk Kusari
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