Why Did Dhoni Choose No. 7 as His Jersey Number: Former Indian cricketer MS Dhoni in a recent interaction reveals the exact reason behind choosing his jersey number as “07”. Undoubtedly, MS Dhoni is one of the best wicket-keepers and captains of the Indian cricket team.
Though MS Dhoni announced his international retirement he still remains to be a crucial part of the Chennai Super Kings. MS Dhoni will lead the Chennai-based franchise in IPL 2022 season.
As per IPL 2022 Schedule, CSK will play their first match on March 26 against KKR in Wankhede Stadium
Why did Dhoni Choose No. 7 as His Jersey Number
Under his captaincy, India won three ICC trophies including the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.
The talismanic keeper-batter has been sporting the iconic No. 7 jersey since his international debut in 2007 and the number has eventually become synonymous with him.
There were calls to retire the jersey digits as a mark of respect to Dhoni’s contribution to Indian cricket. And the 40-year-old Dhoni shared the “simple” reason behind selecting the number, saying his date of birth is emblematic of the digit.
“A lot of people initially thought that 7 is a lucky number for me and all of that. But I chose the number for a very simple reason. I was born on the 7th of July. So it’s the 7th day of the 7th month, that was the reason,” Dhoni told fans during a virtual interaction held by India Cements.
“Rather than getting to all the different things as to what number is a good number and all, I thought I will use my date of birth as the number. Then whenever people kept asking me, I kept adding to the answer. 81 was the year, 8-1 is again 7, 7 is a very neutral number. People actually kept telling me, I started absorbing it and I started telling it to others in the same way,” he further said.
“A lot of people said 7 is a neutral number and even if it doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t really go against you. That also I added to my answer. I am not very superstitious about it, but it’s one number that is close to my heart and I have kept it over the years with me,” he added.
Ahead of the auctions, CSK had retained Dhoni all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Englishman Moeen Ali. They managed to buy back many old faces including Dwayne Bravo, Ambati Rayudu, Robin Uthappa, Mitchell Santner, and pacer Deepak Chahar at the auction.