Team India will start as the overwhelming favourites when they begin their 2019 world cup campaign against South Africa on 5th June at Southampton. Besides the injury of Kedar Jadhav and the form of Vijay Shankar, India’s away jersey at the world cup has been a much hyped talking point in the recent while.
It is learnt that India will go all orange in the away fixtures clashes in the upcoming world cup which brings us to the point of discussing the evolution of Indian cricket team’s jersey at the grandest stage of them all.
1983 world cup in England
The most simplest jersey of the Indian team as it had just one colour- White, which can now be termed as the jersey of test matches. India went onto win the world cup under the leadership of its influential captain- Kapil Dev. The team was not a much fancied opponent but the unity to be the best, gave India its first ever world cup.
1987 world cup in India and Pakistan
There was not much changes made in the jersey and India continued to don the white jersey. The reigning champions failed to make the home advantage count and ended up losing in the semi-finals.
1992 world cup in New Zealand and Australia
It was a revolutionary world cup as colours were finally added to the Indian jersey. The jersey had shade of dark blue with stripes on the shoulders. The colours could not add much happiness for Indian cricket and the men in blue could not progress ahead of the group stage.
1996 world cup in Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India
Some twists were added to the Indian jersey as it had shade of light blue colour with yellow collar. India lost in the semi-final to eventual winner Sri Lanka and fans started burning the stadium chairs and Vinod Kambli was in tears after he got dismissed.
1999 world cup in England, Wales, Netherlands, Scotland and Ireland
The jersey of 1999 world cup was the same except the front panel which was replaced by a new design. A black border was added to the yellow collar.
India ended up losing in the super eight stage and the dream to win its second world cup continued.
2003 world cup in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya
A new look Indian team, led by its inspirational skipper Sourav Ganguly were considered the dark horses in the tournament. With the new look team, came the new look jersey which had some darker blue shade in it. In place of a design, India’s tricolour was stained in the center.
India reached the title clash, only losing to Australia by a huge margin of 125 runs.
2007 world cup in West Indies
The jersey was again changed to a light blue colour shade. The tricolour was splashed from shoulders to the waist but it didn’t bring any luck to the team. The Rahul Dravid led side first lost to Bangladesh and later lost to Sri Lanka in the group stage to bow out of the world cup.
2011 world cup in India and Sri Lanka
It was the most special jersey for India as the men in blue became the first side to win the world cup on its own soil. The jersey had a darker blue shade with tri colour splashed on both sides of the jersey. “India” in the center was printed with saffron colour.
2015 world cup in Australia and New Zealand
India went eco-friendly for this edition of the world cup as 33 recycled plastic bottles were used to make one jersey. The tricolour went missing from the jersey and it was all blue with India printed with saffron in the center.
The MS Dhoni led side was not in best of forms before the start of the world cup but they still manage to enter the semi-finals, where they lost to eventual winners Australia.