Wierd Jersey Numbers in Cricket
In Football, Jersey Numbers is a tradition and players choose the numbers based on the positions they play. Goal Keeper will wear 1, defenders will have a set of numbers, wingers will have 7 and 11, strikers will sport 9. Number 10 is called as the legendary jersey, which is often wore by the team’s best player. But in cricket, cricketers will take random numbers. Some even take triple digit numbers according to the superstitions. Here is the list of some weird jersey Numbers in cricket.
West Indian big hitting batsman Chris Gayle started this trend when he used 333 at the back of his shirts for the IPL and other Twenty20 leagues. 333 was his highest test score which he scored against Sri Lanka at Galle. He changed his jersey number after the 2013 IPL to 175 which represents the score he scored against Pune Warriors India, which also is the highest score by a batsman in Twenty20 cricket.
8 is the number used by Muttiah Muralitharan when he represented Sri Lanka since his debut. After his retirement, Murali wore number 800 in his back. 800 represents the number of test wickets he scalped in his entire Test career. His 800th Test victim is Pragyan Ojha and took it in his last ball in Test Cricket. Murali has been using this number for all the Twenty20 teams he play around the world.
730 is the number used by West Indian batsman Marlon Samuels for his Bangladesh Premier League side Duronto Rajshahi and IPL side Pune Warriors India. 730 denotes the number of days he was expelled from the sport because of his involvement in corruption. For his National side, he wears number 7.
00 is used by openers in specific teams. South African Herschelle Gibbs used it for South Africa for a long time. Since 2005, the former South African opener changed his jersey number every 12 months with respect to the year. For example he sported 05 in 2005, 06 in 2006, 07 in 2007, 08 in 2008 and 09 in 2009. For his IPL side Mumbai Indians, he used 74, which represents the year he was born in.
Kamran Akmal, who used 23 for majority of his career started to wear the jersey that has 158 on it. 158 is his highest score in Test cricket.
In the same world where there are players choose their cricket jersey numbers according to superstition, there is Virender Sehwag who doesn’t sport any number on his back as per his superstitions.