The Jersey No. 10 is perhaps the most famous outfit in Indian cricket as the legendary Sachin Tendulkar donned the number 10 on the back of his jersey for a number of years. After his retirement from ODI cricket in the year 2012, no other Indian player has chosen that number for the jersey.
But in the 4th ODI against Sri Lanka, Shardul Thakur was seen wearing a jersey No. 10. A lot of eyebrows were raised as after a long time, that number returned to the cricket field for India. Shardul was asked after the match about that number, he revealed that his birth date adds up to number 10 and that’s why he opted for the number.
The pacer was born on 16th October 1991. If we add the numbers 16, 10 (for October) and 1991, it goes up to 2017. Now, if we further add the digits of 2017 as 2+0+1+7, it will result in 10. That’s a hell lot of calculation to jump to the conclusion which shows the superstitious side of the 25-year-old.
An impressive debut
Having already won the series in the 3rd game itself, India brought in the changes for the 4th ODI to give the opportunities to the benched players. One of the changes was Shardul Thakur in for Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Shardul took the new ball along with Jasprit Bumrah during Sri Lanka’s chase of 375.
The fast bowler impressed one and all with his sheer pace as he was consistently bowling over 140 clicks. One delivery of his clocked 148 kph that showed the raw talent that he possesses. To make the debut even more special, he bagged the first wicket to fall in the Sri Lankan innings.
While bowling his 2nd over, Shardul bowled one short and down the leg side to which Niroshan Dickwella gloved and it was caught by MS Dhoni behind the stumps. The umpire declined the appeal but a review overturned the decision and the pacer claimed his maiden wicket. He ended with impressive figures of 26/1 from 7 overs.