Team India drops new jersey for World T20
Indian team was to wear the 'tricolour on their heart' for the World Twenty20. On Thursday, August 16, Nike, who are the Board of Control for Cricket in India's kit sponsor, unveiled the Indian team's first specialist T20 jersey.
Indian team was to wear the 'tricolour on their heart' for the World Twenty20. On Thursday, August 16, Nike, who are the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) kit sponsor, unveiled the Indian team's first specialist T20 jersey.
But the thinking has changed in less than a month and now the BCCI has said that the team will appear in the old jersey during the premier T20 tournament.
"It's our decision to ask the players to wear the jersey which they had used during the 2011 World Cup," BCCI official Ratnakar Shetty told The Times of India.
The BCCI also communicated the same to the kit sponsors Nike who have in turn confirmed the 'scrapping'.
It is also worth notice that the Men in Blue had worn the old jersey during the recently concluded India-New Zealand T20 series.
Just as whites are indisputably linked to Test cricket, and blue to the 50-over game, the Indian team was to have a shirt specifically for the T20 format.
"Once I wear the national jersey, I automatically know that I have to give my best," said Virender Sehwag, when the kit was unveiled.
"Having the national flag's colours close to the heart is a good idea. After all, someone like me, who plays from the heart, will only feel better for it."
Mahendra Singh Dhoni was also welcoming of the new shirt at the time.
"It's a very good start. Even when people are swapping between channels on television they see white and know that it's Test cricket," he said.
"Now there will be a strong association between this jersey and T20 cricket."
It does seem now though, that Team India will rather rely on the 'Old Jersey' to bring them the ICC World T20 trophy, as it had done to bring them the 50-over World Cup.
(With Wisden Inputs)