5 active cricketers who wear Jersey Number 7 in cricket
In cricket, we are appropriately obsessed with statistics at all times. The number of runs, wickets, and catches is never far from our thoughts; either we compete or observe the sport. But, in addition to game data, the numbers that players don on their jerseys have a more significant meaning. The numbers make it easier for those in the stands or watching TV to recognize players. Also, they are a fantastic way for those who play the sport to engage with its glorious heritage.
Certain numbers are of immense importance owing to some legendary players having donned them. Jersey No.7 is among the iconic jersey numbers as it has been donned by the most successful captain ever- MS Dhoni. On that note, let's look at the current players who wear Jersey No.7.
1. Tim Paine
Australian Test skipper Tim Paine was seen wearing the Jersey No.7 in the Ashes 2019/20. This was the first time ICC had introduced jersey numbers in Test cricket. Paine was appointed as the skipper after the horror Sandpaper gate incident.
Paine led Australia to retain the cup and that too at the home soil of England. He had a memorable Ashes 2019/20 campaign, also the first series of the inaugural World Test Championship. However, they failed to qualify for the finals of the mega-event, and Paine will be looking to guide his team towards glory in the next cycle.
2. Dasun Shanaka
Dasun Shanaka made it into the Sri Lankan team after a string of exceptional performances in the domestic circuit. He has been a decent contributor in both aspects of the game and is a massive asset.
Shanaka was recently appointed as the white-ball skipper of Sri Lanka and led them to a remarkable T20I series victory against India.
3. Mominul Haque
Bangladesh's red-ball skipper Mominul Haque is one of the most dependable middle-order batsmen for the country. The left-hander has a swift and elegant style of play and can score big runs.
He has represented Bangladesh in 45 Tests scoring 3349 runs at an average of 42.93 with 11 hundreds and 14 fifties.
4. Mohammad Nabi
Mohammad Nabi has been the backbone of Afghanistan cricket. He is the prime reason for Afghanistan's success over the years. Also, he played a vital role for the country to attain Test status.
The all-rounder has also led the country for a brief period and has been a part of several World Cup campaigns. He has represented Afghanistan in 211 matches across formats and has scored over 3000 runs while picking 212 wickets. As of now, he holds the record for the most Man of the Match awards in T20I cricket (13).
5. Neville Madziva
Neville Madziva hails from Kadoma, Zimbabwe, and is a decent all-rounder. Madziva, mostly a Seamer, bowls at a steady 75-80 mph, sharp but not overpowering. He has been a consistent performer for the country.
His most impressive effort was against India in Zimbabwe's historic T20I victory in 2016. Madziva successfully protected the eight runs necessary for triumph in the last over, bowling to Indian superstar MS Dhoni, as Zimbabwe won by an improbable 2-run margin.