Rohit Sharma hopes to change his luck, ditches his own jersey for another
It's game over at the Eden Park, Auckland as India beat New Zealand by 7 wickets and stayed alive in the series. The scores stand at 1-1 and Rohit Sharma will be a relieved man. He surely doesn’t want to go home and tell the story of a failed T20 conquest in New Zealand. Heck, if India wins the series, this could be a big achievement for Rohit. Naturally, he doesn’t want any negative influences to hold him back. After being thoroughly outclassed in the fourth ODI and first T20, Rohit Sharma probably decided to change his luck.
As the match progressed, Sharma was seen wearing a different jersey. It had the usual colours alright, but what got everyone’s attention was the back. Instead of Rohit’s name showing up where it should’ve, there was a good amount of tape, covering up the owner's name. The shirt in question belongs to Vijay Shankar - his number is 59. Rohit's wears a number '45' shirt. Was the Indian captain concerned about his jersey number affecting his luck?
It is not unusual to see sportspersons become very sensitive with jersey numbers. Virender Sehwag’s jersey for example, initially read 44. As per reports, Sehwag is a believer of numerology, and his lucky number turned out to be ‘00’. However, ICC rules don’t allow ‘00’ to be on the back of a jersey, so Sehwag began wearing jerseys without any number. Sourav Ganguly too changed his jersey numbers. He, in fact, had several, including 99, 1, and 24. Yuvraj Singh wears number 12 since he was born on 12th December (12th of the 12th month). Finally, Virat Kohli wears number 18 on his shirt as a tribute to his late father who passed away on 18th December 2006.