Bangladesh cricket has produced many legendary players in the past. Stars like Habibul Bashar, Shakib-al-Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, Mashrafe Mortaza have contributed a lot in changing the dynamics of Bangladesh cricket. Due to these vast names, the sub-continent nation has become a dominant force at home, and over the years, it has made a significant impact in ICC events as well.
The legacy of the abovementioned legendary players is expected to carry on by talents like Soumya Sarkar, and Liton Das, the two young guns of the Bangladesh squad. Meanwhile, these future celebutantes have revealed an interesting story behind their jersey numbers.
Starting with Das, his jersey number is 16. However, it wasn’t always the case. During the interaction with Cricfrenzy, Das said that his original choice for a jersey number was,’ 02′, but it couldn’t happen as Mortaza already owns the number.
Das disclosed the actual reason regarding why he wanted to have the jersey with’ 02′ on his back.
“When I first played in domestic cricket, my jersey No was 02. And there was a reason behind this. The reason is, when I played my first game with a cricket ball, I scored two runs. So I chose two as my jersey No,” said Das.
The 25-year-old further said that when he got the chance to play in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), he thought now he could wear the jersey with’ 02′ in the league. But yet again, Das couldn’t wear it as Mortaza was in his BPL team as well. The pair played for the Comilla franchise.
So after realising that he won’t be able to wear the ’02’ number jersey, Das decided to go with jersey number 19 in the T20 league.
“I, therefore, asked my mother what I will wear, she told me to wear whatever I like. I then chose 19 for BPL”, the Dinajpur-born added.
However, finally, Das stopped his search for numbers at ’16’. He chose the digit because it was his birth date.
“Later I decided that since my birthday is on the 16th, my jersey number will be 16. And that’s fixed now, and I will hold on to it as long as I play cricket,” Das added further.
After Das, Soumya also stated his story. The 27-year-old said he got his lucky jersey number quite easily. Soumya specified that while he was at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan (BKSP), his credit number was 459. So, Soumya basically cut 4 and kept ‘59′ as his jersey number.
“My credit number at BKSP was 459. Initially, I preferred No 459, but it’s difficult to put three digits in a jersey. So I skipped 4 and took the last two digits (59), that is why my jersey No is 59,” said Soumya.