With just over a week left for the start of the T20 World Cup, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) launched the new jersey that Team India will be wearing in the upcoming tournament.
While the previous jersey was inspired by India’s older kit during the 90s, this brand new jersey, as per official kit partner MPL Sports, is inspired by the billion cheers of the fans hence the name -- “Billion Cheers Jersey”.
Presenting the Billion Cheers Jersey!
The patterns on the jersey are inspired by the billion cheers of the fans.
Get ready to #ShowYourGame @mpl_sport.
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Just like the last kit, this new jersey has retained the navy blue colour.
While the trousers are mainly plain apart from two orange lines near the pockets on either side, the entire creativity has been done on the t-shirt, which has evoked mixed reactions from the fans.
Look for yourself and decide what you make of the design.
This isn't just a Team, they are the pride of India.
This isn't just a jersey, it is the blessing of a billion fans. Get ready to cheer for Team India & #ShowYourGame
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“This is the first time in the history of Indian cricket that fans have been memorialised on a jersey. It carries their chants and cheers from iconic past matches, transformed into unique soundwave patterns,” MPL Sports said in a press release.
In terms of inscriptions, ‘India’ is written in the centre of the t-shirt and above that is the main sponsor’s logo.
The kit sponsor’s logo is on the right side of the chest while the left side has BCCI’s logo with three stars on top, indicating India’s three World Cup trophies.
India won its first-ever ODI World Cup in 1983 under the leadership of legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev.
In 2017, MS Dhoni guided a young Indian team to the inaugural World T20 titles and four years later, ended India’s 28-year-old drought when he lifted the country’s second ODI World Cup title in 2011.
The fans who were used to seeing the Indian cricket team play in sky blue jerseys found it hard to come to grasp with the last two jerseys where the shades were on the darker side.
But there were also people who felt this colour was more vibrant and made players look more stylish.
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Irrespective of whether they liked the jersey or not, the fans were united in wishing the team good luck for the mega event and urged them to end the long trophy drought and bring it home this time around.
Not that classy
But we'll take it
Better than this retro jersey
All the Best Team India
Too dark but anyways win the WT20— Rishabh Shukla (@rishabhshuklaP1) October 13, 2021
Nike Bro. No comparison. Too much creativity— GAURAV NANDAN (@GAURAVNANDAN10) October 13, 2021
Man bring back this blue ..
No need dark blue pic.twitter.com/i0cGv3eAMu
All the best Team India for World Cup.— Positive Entropy (@EntropyPositive) October 13, 2021
The Jersey looks so great awesome i really liked the jersey
Hope India win ICC World T20 2021
This looks classy and elegant....
Good luck #TeamIndia
The players will have added incentive to win this year’s tournament as this will be Kohli’s last tournament as the captain of India’s T20 side and they would all like to end his tenure on a high by winning the trophy for him.
In terms of competition, India have been pooled alongside arch-rivals Pakistan, Afghanistan, New Zealand and two other qualifiers.
Their opening encounter is against Pakistan on October 24, but before that, Kohli and his men will play two warm-up games against England and Australia.