The Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) unveiled the new jersey for the Indian cricket team for the upcoming T20I World Cup. They will be wearing the same kit in the home series versus Australia and South Africa.
The jersey features a relatively lighter shade of blue on the front, while the sleeves are in the shade of dark blue, along with triangular stripes on the side. It’s significantly different in both color and textures from the current one, which was introduced last year as a tribute to the retro jerseys of the early 90s.
“The jersey pays homage to the legions of fans that span different genders and age groups, and transcend geographical borders, the kit sponsor said in the release, further detailing, “It is styled with a pattern of equilateral triangles – a universal symbol of the blend of energy, spirit, and power – that celebrates the unswerving support of the fans who have stood behind the team through thick and thin.”
The official jersey was unveiled by both the MPL and the BCCI on social media. Team India skipper Rohit Sharma, all-rounder Hardik Pandya, and batter Suryakumar Yadav, are standing alongside Renuka Singh Yadav and Harmanpreet Kaur in the launching poster.
The fans are divided over the aesthetics of the new jersey, with many slamming the board for the lack of creativity. The new kit is also compared to those of the past, especially the sky blue jersey India donned in the 2016 T20I World Cup.
Some fans blamed the BCCI for not adding the tricolor stripes on the jersey. They also modified the kit to suggest what else they could have done.
The jersey is priced at over Rs 4000, which didn’t go down well with the fans. One wrote, “The jerseys to be worn by the Indian national sides in the T20 World Cup. Yet, the BCCI has priced them out of reach for many fans!! If the BCCI was a poverty-stricken body, one could understand why they set such prices. But, this is NOT the case! You can do better, BCCI!”
The Indian team will be seen in the new kit tomorrow, in the first T20I of the three-match series in Mohali. Rohit Sharma had said that Virat Kohli can be used as the makeshift opener, depending on the condition.
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