New Delhi: When Sachin Tendulkar retired, his jersey number 10 was also retired with the intention of honouring this great batsman. Similarly, after Mahendra Singh Dhoni's says good bye to cricket, there is a demand to retire his jersey number 7. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Apex Council member Shanta Rangaswamy has agreed to this demand. Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik is the first player to make this demand on the farewell of the former captain. He has shared this opinion on Twitter and posted a photo of himself and Dhoni taken after the World Cup semi-final defeat against New Zealand last year.
He wrote, “ This is the last photo taken after our semis at the World Cup.lots of great memories through this journey. I hope the @bcci retire the #7 jersey in white ball cricket ❤️.” Karthik made his debut in the Indian team in 2004, three months before Dhoni and it was due to the special talent of the former Indian captain, the Tamil Nadu cricketer did not play more than 26 Tests, 94 ODIs and 32 T20s. Karthik wrote, “Good luck with your second innings in life , I’m sure you’ll have a lot of surprises for us there too 🙂💖.”
Reacting to this, BCCI top council member and former Indian women's team captain Shanta Rangaswamy feel that Dhoni deserved it. She said, “I am happy that he retired, when people are asking why and why not. His contribution both as a player and as a captain is immense. Looking at this, retiring the jersey would be a great farewell for him.”
She said, “He certainly deserves it. The jersey has been retired from Indian cricket only once when Sachin Tendulkar said goodbye to the game. Tendulkar's number 10 jersey was retired in 2017. The International Cricket Council (ICC) does not object to retiring the jersey and has left the right to decide on the matter in the country.”
Indian women's ODI team captain Mithali Raj also said that Dhoni has immortalized the number seven jersey. She wrote on Twitter, “The person who immortalized the number seven jersey, whose sharp and calm mind gave him the tag of' Captain Cool ', the man who fulfilled the dreams of crores of Indians with two World Cup trophies, Said goodbye to cricket in a unique style. Congratulations MS Dhoni, for a brilliant career.” Apart from Karthik and Mithali, Dhoni's legion of forces believes that this number seven jersey belongs to him only and should be retired.