IPL 2022 was a season for Indian youngsters. Many of the youngsters showed their skills and talent in the biggest T20 League. One of the names among those youngsters is of Jitesh Sharma who performed impressively in IPL 2022. Vidarbha wicket-keeper revealed the reason of wearing Jersey number 99.
India’s former Captain Sourav Ganguly used to wear Jersey number 99 and because of him, Jitesh decided to wear 99 Jersey Number. In an episode of ‘Say Yash to Sports’ co-hosted by Dr. Yash Kashikar and Sharma, Jitesh Sharma said that Ganguly was his favorite cricketer during his childhood days. However he did not watch him play a lot, he heard a lot of things about Ganguly from his father. His father used to call Ganguly a tiger who brought revolution in Indian cricket and changed their mindset to play the game.
Jitesh stated that he admires his aggressive approach. Ganguly was the first one to fight when Indian team seemed to be in trouble. Jitesh further added that he doesn’t like when others try to dominate him and it makes him uncomfortable. He always plays for the team in order to bring his team on the top and because of Ganguly he decided to wear Jersey number 99.
Sourav Ganguly after getting captaincy in 2000 brought huge change in Indian cricket. He made sure that India can dominate in overseas too. Because of his fierce and competitive mindset, India won shared Champions Trophy in 2022 and also defeated England in NatWest series.
Jitesh Sharma was bought by Punjab kings in just 20 Lakhs. But he showed his capability with the bat for Punjab. He smashed 234 runs in the tournament with an outstanding strike rate of 163 and also displayed heroic behind the stumps.