The evolution of the Indian Cricket World Cup jersey

Ahead of the India-Pakistan face-off today, a look at the various shades that Team India has sported over the years, including one variant made out of recycled bottles

By Kathakali Chanda
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In 1992, Australia and New Zealand hosted a cricket World Cup, which had a special significance—it was the first one played in coloured jerseys, following years of universally white kits for all teams. Over the years, Team India has sported multiple shades of blue. While the earlier jerseys had varying patterns—from yellow to black patches and the tricolor—the team has now settled into a blue-and-orange combination. The 2015 jersey, sponsored by Nike, was made out of recycled bottles.

As Team India prepares to face off with Pakistan on the field today, we take a look at the evolution of its kits.

Word has it that India will take the field in an orange jersey for their tie against England, which also wears blue; this is to comply with the ICC’s mandate of different colours for competing teams, except the hosts. Will the team make the cut for the fashion police? We’ll find out on June 30, rain-gods willing.