Team India is set to wear the 1992’s World Cup kit, reminiscing the retro times for the limiter-overs series in Australia. Putting on the dark-blue team jersey, jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand. The iconic jersey with coloured stripes across the shoulder has great value as it was a marked introduction of coloured clothing at the 50 overs 1992 World Cup. As a new kit sponsor has signed a three-year long deal, the Indian Cricket team had to go with the lighter blue jersey and various other versions which have been worn for nearly two decades.
On Friday, when India will play against Australia in the first One-Day International in Sydney, the team of 1992 will treasure the memories of seeing the dark-blue kit on the field again. Kiran More, a member of the 1992 World Cup and a former Indian wicketkeeper, preserving the jersey which also looks clean due to the absence of the sponsored logos and just ‘India’ printed in yellow across it.
Kiran More turned nostalgic and was very much surprised when he hear about this new change which the current players would be wearing this new kit which they opted for when the BCCI consulted them before they left for the tour.
The Indian Cricket team will wear these new retro-kit jerseys for the three One-Day International and the Three T20 Internationals before they switch to whites for the Test series.
“I come across many people who agree that this was the best jersey of the Indian team. The colour is amazing and it is still fresh in people’s minds. It was the first time we played a World Cup in coloured clothing and with the white ball. Ask any cricketer from my generation and they will say the 1992 World Cup jersey is the best. We had played in coloured clothing earlier but not at a World Cup,” Kiran More expressed.
The Merchandise brand for the online gaming company Mobile Premier League, MPL Sports, took a three-year right after Nike decided on ending its long term association in September. The new kit sponsor cannot copy the design used by Nike, said a top BCCI official.
Shikhar Dhawan, the opening batsman tweeted a picture of him wearing the jersey with a caption: “New Jersey, renewed motivation, Ready to go.”
New jersey, renewed motivation. Ready to go. 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/gKG9gS78th
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) November 24, 2020
“As MPL is a new sponsor, they cannot use a design similar to what the previous sponsor had. The MPL had sent us a few designs for the one-day kit, including the design from 1992. We asked the cricketers to give their opinion. They chose the one which was worn by our players during the 1992 World Cup,” stated the BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal.
The BCCI and MPL offered the players different jersey options in order to avoid copyrights violation, but the players opted for the 1992 kit which the team received in Australia on Tuesday.
The new sponsors will eventually come up with a design of their own said the BCCI official Arun Dhumal. It won’t be a long term tryst with the 1992 kit for the team players.