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What's the jersey got to do with it?

The official logo of the #CWC19 

If you too are asking whether the colour along with the design of the jersey plays any role in a player's and team's performance, read on 


By Francis Adams


It's a tough task identifying who designed the team jerseys, selected and approved the colour combination for few teams vying for the 12th ICC World Cup 2019.

England's  ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 skipper Eoin Morgan,
along with Khalid Rasheed and Jonny Bairstow in their new kit.
Picture credit: @Englandcricket
The England team were the latest to receive mixed reaction from fans. Were it the designers? Or, is it that the kit manufacturer influenced the decision taken by the country's cricket board.

A few hours after their official kit was unveiled, the England Cricket Board posted this pic, right, on Twitter seeking reaction from fans.

While former England pace bowler Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) responded with: "A beautiful kit to lift the World Cup in," there were not so encouraging remarks by fans.

Some of them replied in typical British satire.

"It’s a great idea to have England in big letters across the chest, as it does get confusing when there are as many as 2 teams on the pitch at once," wrote Paul Brookes.

Another fan, Nick Boggon added to the thread with: "I always get confused between the man in pads standing in front of the three sticks and the man in pads standing behind the three sticks. This will help."

Many among us might enjoy such pun-intended retorts. After all, it's a sport!

Yet, there were others who chose to call a spade the way it is. Paul Leech, did not hide his displeasure saying: "Really? It looks awful. Straight out of the 90’s." He found support in Josh Boulton who said: "It's a strong NO from me."

UK's leading publication, The Telegraph, devoted time while announcing "England unveil World Cup kit inspired by 1992 - the last time they made it to the final" then asked "Will it make any difference? Do clothes maketh the cricketer?" 

Ask India's M S Dhoni. The legend, with 341 One Day Internationals played and who'll be playing his fourth World Cup told The Quint on, March 1, 2019, that the new team jersey will act as a motivating factor for him and other team members to contribute an additional 10-15 percent.

Dhoni participated in the launch, along with Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw and India's woman cricketers Harmanpreet Kaur and Jemimah Rodrigues.

Kohli told The Quint: "I can feel the change. It (new jersey) is so light on the body. It is breathable. I feel there is no restriction at all. It is very stretchable, more than the last jersey. I can’t wait to step on the field with this one."

According to the publication, Nike, the manufacturer of the kit has introduced multiple innovations to make the jersey more meaningful. They are:

1. The jersey's inner back, just below the collar, has India's three World Cup victories, 1983 under
Image credit: The Qunit and Nike
Kapil Dev; 2007 T20 win under M S Dhoni; and 2011, again under Dhoni, emblazoned along with "Bleed Blue" under the milestones. These prompted Dhoni to say that the inscriptions will remind the team of their rich legacy every time.

2.  As Kohli pointed out, the material stretches from all sides. This is because of its interwoven or meshy structure. This also helps the temperature regulation of the body.

3. Nike had recycled plastic bottles to prepare the Team India jersey for World Cup 2015. This time, the company has made the material more futuristic by using recycled polyester. A delighted Kohli said this jersey was the best he has worn in the past 10 years.










Comments

  1. May be England is trying to go with India way hoping at least the blue coloured Jersey helps them lift the cup if not the game🤔but they should no with india it was not the case😉

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    1. Well said, GB. The England team is speculated as favourites because: A. They are playing on home turf. B. They are currently ranked No 1 in the 50-overs format. They should know that India won in 1983 and 2011 owing to sheer brilliance from most team members and above all the captains, Kapil Dev and MS Dhoni.

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  3. I am unable to read articles online very often, but I’m glad I did today. This is very well written and your points are well-expressed. Please, don’t ever stop writing. get instagram photo likes free

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