The Indian cricket team has been in colored clothing for almost 36 years now. Every few years, the jersey has changed or been modified. From ridiculous fashion disasters to stylish designs, the cricketers have donned the colors with pride and honor. There are lots of superstitions associated with such changes. It has changed brand logos, sponsors and colors. Lets have a look at the transformation of the beautiful Indian jersey.
Back in 1980 where there were no brands logo, no sponsor, no team name. Plain, simple & just colors.
Before going into 1992 world cup Indian team switched to dark blue with the team name in the front and the player’s name on the back.
Astonishingly Indian team switched to yellow with a band of blue running in front with the team name. The track pants, however, were light blue.
This time it became dark yellow and dark blue colour became more dominant on the jersey.
In 1996 World Cup every country had a likewise jersey. Each team had its own colour but there was a colourful band across the chest and back, indicating the participation of the other teams at the tournament with the team names on the forefront.
This when BCCI came into light and started making noise, therefore it showcased the presence of its logo on the Indian jersey. It has a very prominent BCCI logo from the left to the center in dark blue.
India again changes the color. This time it was blue with a band of the tricolour on the shoulders and wings.
Change is the name of game. India donned this jersey for the 1999 World Cup in England. The yellow collar was back and the yellow corner of the emblem hugely enlarged across the chest and arms.
The general tone of the jersey was light blue. Emblem was placed exactly at the centre of the jersey in navy blue and the collar was changed back to navy blue too.
The tone was light blue with India written vertically on the right side in dark blue. It had no sponsor across the front and was the last one without sponsor.
It had a yellow curve and stripes below it, accompanied by a dark blue collar. The jersey was light blue. It was just before Sahara took over.
The jersey was completely light blue with the tricolour stroked in a paintbrush style from the bottom to the centre of the shirt.
In 2007 – 08
The change was a stripe of the tricolour going up the right side of the jersey in a swirl. This jersey came in after a while however it was used during 2007 World Cup.
This one was similar to the previous one except that the colour had changed from light blue to navy blue with all young fellows.
It’s time for another World Cup. The jersey was somewhere between dark and light blue with tricolour stripes on either side. Sahara as the sponsor was again on the left sleeve.
The tricolour had been shifted to the left shoulder with the emblem seemingly at the centre of it. Sahara jumps in again on the jersey across the chest.
The sponsorship had been handed over to Star this time and the jersey changed significantly. The tricolour was now shifted to the shoulders in a triangular shape.
There is no tricolour anywhere. It is plain blue with the sponsor and team name in the front. The pocket lining of the track pants is also orange. Especially prepared again in time for the latest World Cup T20 which is going to be held in India.