Cricketers at times have shown they too get smitten by superstitions and numbers. Former English captain David Beckham was known for his No. 7 jersey and so on and so forth. But this is even more serious when we talk of cricketers. There are cricketers who swear by the jerseys number they wear. Also, a few habits of cricketers have become very famous and even umpires, for example, Steve Waugh always having a red handkerchief in his pocket when he walked out to bat or be it Sachin Tendulkar putting his right shoe in first or for that matter Sir Vivian Richards chewing a gum while batting. David Shephard jumped when the score was 111, remember? For some cricketers, these things work or they believe it works. Similarly, there is a lot of superstition involved behind the jerseys and their numbers cricketers wear.
Here are cricketers we have picked and we will reveal the reason behind them wearing those specific numbers.
Chris Gayle: The ‘World Boss’ as he popularly refers to himself wears jersey number 333, which has a very significant reason behind him wearing it. He apparently wears jersey number 333 because that is his highest Test score. A feat he achieved against the Sri Lankans. Gayle took it a step further and also wore jersey number 175, which happens to be his highest T20 score. He is currently featuring in the Caribbean Premier League.
Hardik Pandya: The new kid on the block, Hardik, has already garnered a name for himself after smashing his debut Test century in 86 balls. But have you ever wondered why he wears jersey number 228, when he represents team Indian in One Day Internationals? Well, the answer is, it happens to be his highest first-class score. He achieved the feat in an Under-16 match for Baroda. He got selected to play for India against the Aussies in 2016 and has never looked back ever since.
Morne Morkel: The South African pacer has sent shivers down the spine of the best batsmen in the world. The tall, lanky Protean wears jersey number 65, and there is a certain reason behind it… He is 6 ft. 5′ inches tall and that is the reason why his jersey number reads 65. Pretty strange, isn’t it? Talk about tall! The South African has been a key weapon for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League.
Muttiah Muralitharan: Who can forget those terror-eyes, popping out at the time of delivery. Muralitharan has been at the pinnacle of bowling in the cricketing world. He is also regarded as the best ever and rightly so. Murali, usually donned number 8 all his life but after retirement whenever he took the field for IPL teams, he wore jersey number 800. 800 is the total number of wickets he bagged in his career.
Herschelle Gibbs: The former South African great was a top order batsman and a splendid fielder. He was at a certain point of time South Africa’s best batsman. Gibbs also has the record of hitting six sixes in an over, but did you know the reason behind his jersey number 00 and 01…09? He used the last two digits of the year to decide his jersey number. For example, he would wear 05 in 2005, 06 in 2006, 07 in 2007 and so on.
Marlon Samuels: A veteran in the West Indies ranks. Has been an integral part of the West Indies success in T20’s recently. But with Samuels at the twilight of his career, he would be hoping to feature in one more cricket World Cup. But did you ever ponder on the reason as to why Samuels wears jersey number 730? The number 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. This is the number he wore during a Bangladesh Premier League match for Rajshahi Duronto.
We do understand some reasons are really weird but that is how things are and these are things that also old our attention.