'The ODI and Away Kit (for ICC World Cup 2019) designs launched this year are inspired by the young new generation of India and the fearless spirit of the national teams,' Nike said in a statement
Bengaluru: The suspense has ended over the colour of India’s ‘away’ jersey for their match against England at the ICC World Cup 2019. Nike, the official apparel sponsor of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Friday (June 28) announced that Team India will debut its first ever Away Kit in Birmingham on June 30.
“The ODI and Away Kit designs launched this year are inspired by the young new generation of India and the fearless spirit of the national teams,” Nike said in a statement.
“Similar to the recently launched ODI Kit, the away kit is designed to enhance dynamic movements and modern requirement of the sport and the athletes. While the new engineered mesh and strategically placed sweat zones help enhanced breathability for the team on the field, new placket construction, the flex crest, garment cut angles and slash taping all add to making the new jersey lighter, more breathable and helps the athletes be agile on the field.
“The new total orange and blue colored Away Kits also moves away from a traditional silhouette to using new innovative cut lines alongside dynamic material combinations to emphasise a Multi-dimensional Slash Design and Movement approach,” it added.
The limited-edition Team India away kits will be available at select Nike retailers, Myntra and Jabong starting June 27, Nike said.
There were reports of some political leaders criticising the “saffronisation” of the Team India jersey. Team’s bowling coach Bharat Arun had said they were not aware of the colour of the jersey.
“To be very honest we are not even aware of what colours we're going to be wearing. So we have not given any thought to that. And all our focus is on the match tomorrow,” Arun told reporters on the eve (June 26) of the match against the West Indies in Manchester.
When probed further whether he was not bothered about the jersey controversy back home, he said, “I didn't say I'm not bothered. I didn't say I'm not bothered. I said we are focusing on the game and we are not aware of what colour we are getting.”
When questioned did the colour of the jersey mattered, he replied, “We bleed blue, right. Blue is going to be predominantly the colour and that's it.”
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Last Updated Jun 28, 2019, 7:53 PM IST