Zaheer Khan ignores No. 7 jersey: Former India left-arm pacer has shown a massive sign of respect for MS Dhoni.
The culture of player jerseys and their numbers might not be as prevalent in India as it is in other countries and sports. Despite that, former India left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan has dedicated the No. 7 jersey to former India captain and current wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Having last played for India during their tour of New Zealand in 2014, Zaheer Khan will once again take the field for Bengal Tigers in the upcoming edition of the T10 Cricket League. In which will be the second edition of the tournament, it will run from November 21 to December 2.
Zaheer Khan was presented with his jersey at a promotional event by Anis Sajan, mentor of Bengal Tigers. Apart from being excited due to the presence of the Indian legend, Sajan disclosed 40-year old cricketer’s jersey number.
“Zaheer preferred No. 34 and so we presented it to him. He is keen to entertain the fans wearing that jersey,” Sajan was quoted as saying by Gulf News.
Zaheer Khan himself revealed the reason behind choosing jersey No. 34. “My date of birth is October 7. I did not prefer for No. 7 as it is the jersey number of Dhoni. So for me, 34 is three plus four and it is seven and I opted for it,” the former Indian cricketer said.
Such sights of players not using a jersey number which belongs to someone else is a new by any Indian cricketer. Having said that, it is a norm which is usually followed in other nations. It also speaks highly about Zaheer Khan and his respect for the former Indian captain.
It is worth mentioning that between his last international outing and the T10 Cricket League, Zaheer Khan had played four seasons of the IPL (one for Mumbai Indians and three for Delhi Daredevils).
With 597 wickets in 303 appearances for India to his name, Zaheer Khan is India’s fourth-highest wicket-taker across formats.
Read some of the recent Twitter reactions on the T10 Cricket League below:
We are getting closer and closer to the opening of T10 League and the cricket mania is catching! Can you feel the excitement?! Action packed matches, guaranteed! #T10League
— Quick Tickets (@quickticketsuae) November 11, 2018
Stay order against T10’s Karachians in Pakistan. In a blow to the UAE-based T10 league, the Sindh High Court has issued an interim order against promoting the “Karachians” in any manner in Pakistan. https://t.co/ShUhpuikTe pic.twitter.com/hXyoGyK4YE
— PSL Cricket (@pslpakistant20) November 11, 2018
LALA Bohat Awlaa
Shahid Afridi will be in draft as Platinum pick
After pressure from Salman Iqbal to choose between T10 league or PSL it’s likely he will leave Karachi Kings
As he wants to play both ✌😎#Cricket #PSL #T10League
— Mishi (@Mishi827) November 10, 2018
MD T10 League optimistic about holding matches in Pakistan#T10League
— Cricket Pakistan – English (@cricketpakcompk) November 5, 2018
Umair Jaswal launches the T10 Cricket League Anthem for Team Karachians earlier this evening in the city of Karachi. @umairjaswal #UmairJaswal #UmairJaswalOfficial #UmairJaswalMusic pic.twitter.com/fdGftcmeQT
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