India all-rounder Hardik Pandya wont to wear the jersey number 288 in limited-overs cricket but not many were conscious of the rationale behind the amount until Mohandas Mennon spilled the beans on Thursday.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) posted an image Pandya wearing his previous jersey with the amount 228 on the rear and asked fans on social media why he chose that number.
"Can you tell why @hardikpandya7 wont to sport a jersey with the amount 228?" the ICC posted.
Statistician Mohandas Menon revealed the rationale behind Pandya's number of choice.
Captaining the Baroda U-16 team, Pandya had scored 228 against Mumbai U-16 during a Vijay Merchant U-16 tournament match at the Reliance Cricket Stadium in Nagothane on December 9, 2009. it's still the very best individual score of his career and therefore the only double hundred he has hit till date.
Pandya led from the frot by batting for 8 hours and scored 228 off 391 balls to rescue his side after they were reeling at 60 for 4. The knock made him famous overnight in Vadodara with the local newspaper even carrying his picture subsequent day.
“That was his first season which was the beginning of his journey. Later, he made it to the U-19 side and therefore the transformation was smooth,” Pandya's coach Jitendra had said in an interview.
“In that match, he took five wickets within the first innings. That’s how, his journey as an all-rounder began,” Jitendra said.
Pandya not wears the 228 on his back and has been sporting No. 33 on his jersey since 2016.