The wait is officially over as the Indian skipper Virat Kohli unveiled the new Indian jersey for the game against England to be played on Sunday.
The orange colour has dominated the jersey which has already created controversy back home by the opposition parties. Members of the opposition accused Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s party of pushing its trademark saffron colour on the team.
Blue has been Indian cricket’s dominant colour since the advent of coloured clothing. Kohli rated the jersey 8 out of 10.
Talking to media in pre-match press conference Kohli said, “I quite like it, I think it’s right up there. For me it would be eight,” Kohli told reporters after being asked to rate the jersey from one to 10. Honestly, I’m not saying it for the sake of it. I really like it. The contrast is very nice.”
Many Indian teams from other sports have donned the orange jersey in the past. Indian team needs to change their jersey colour due to colour clash as the home team England has a blue colour jersey.
“The fit is great; it’s a nice change. For one game, it’s fine. I don’t think permanently we’d be heading in that direction because blue has always been our colour, very proud to wear that. For a change and looking at the occasion, it’s a very smart kit,” he added.
India is the only unbeaten team of the current World Cup, and the hopes of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh of reaching the semi-final would depend on how India play against England in Birmingham.
This is probably for the first time in history, all three nations supporting India and want them to beat England so that one of these three can make it to the final 4 in the competition.