The long wait and suspense is finally over as leading global sports brand – Nike has officially unveiled Team India’s special away kit for the much-awaited clash against England in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup on Sunday. Nike India, the official apparel sponsor of BCCI, released official images of the jersey through a press release. Also Read - T Natarajan Lauds Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane Captaincy After Impressive Team India Debut in Australia, Recalls Emotional Moment
Virat Kohli and Co. will be sporting the jersey with an orange-splashing on the shoulder region and on the back. The players will be donning the new outfit for their big-ticket World Cup game versus hosts England. Several rumours have been doing the rounds since it was announced that World Cup teams would wear away jerseys in a few matches in the quadrennial extravaganza in England. Also Read - IPL 2021: MS Dhoni-Led Chennai Super Kings Strategy at Upcoming IPL 14 Mini-Auction in February
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According to the new regulations of the International Cricket Council (ICC), both teams cannot play with the same colour jersey. Since both England and India don blue colour jerseys, India, being the visiting side have to change the colour of their outfit. Biding by the rules, the Indian team will make a departure from their normal contemporary blue kit so that it won’t clash with England’s retro ODI kit – which is sky blue in colour.
“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,” a press release said.
“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,” Nike India added in a press release.
India are the only unbeaten team in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 with five wins against their name. Their game against New Zealand was washed out. Kohli and Co. just need a solitary win in their next three World Cup matches to book a spot in the knockout stages of the tournament.