A wicketkeeper-batsman for Vidarbha and Punjab Kings, Jitesh Sharma explained why he chose to wear the number 99 on his jersey. He claimed that he chose the number 99 in imitation of his cricketing hero Sourav Ganguly. He claimed that the former India captain had a similar nature to his idol and that he was liked for his tenacity.
Although Sharma did not observe much of Ganguly while he was playing, his father spoke highly of the former Indian left-handed batter and his impact on the cricket team as well as his tenacity outside of India. The Vidarbha hitter, like Ganguly, dislikes being overpowered by others and always plays for the team’s success.
Sourav Ganguly Was The First One Who Took The Fight To The Opponent: Jitesh Sharma
“Since childhood, I have been a huge fan of Sourav Ganguly. Even though I did not see him play a lot, my father used to talk a lot about him,” said Sharma in a show ‘Say Yash to Sports’ with Dr. Yash Kashikar. “He used to say that Dada (Ganguly) is a Tiger. He is someone who changed Indian cricket and their attitude,” reported Crictacker as Sharma saying.
“Also, I liked his fighting spirit. Whenever everyone used to be quiet, and India couldn’t dominate outside, he was the first one who fought for the team. I feel that my nature is quite the same. Whenever someone tries to dominate me, I don’t like it, I always play for my team and want them to win. So because of him, I took the jersey number 99,” added the Punjab Kings batter.
Following his 2022 signing with Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League, Sharma played in 12 games this year, making 234 runs at a remarkable strike rate of 164.64. He played a crucial role behind the wickets as well, taking nine catches and successfully stumping two opponents.