Some “colour” on Indian cricket team’s jersey controversy

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The Indian cricket team’s alternative orange jersey has generated a huge controversy because of the overdose of orange. Opposition parties have started commenting that BJP whose flag has majority of orange colour has started saffronisation of cricket. They have even suggested that instead Team India should use the tricolor colour scheme for their jersey.

Even though the Indian jersey always had orange for over two decades now (names of players are written in orange), but this has never been a subject of controvery. Partly this is because it was always dominated by the “non-controversial” blue colour (Indian teams across all sports use this colour only) and this is why the team was fondly called ‘The Blues’. Will this move make the team ‘The Safforns’?

Before I get into the details of the jersey, let me also bring to notice the fact that this is not the first time during this World Cup that that country is agitated and outraged with what players wear. When Mahendra Singh Dhoni was spotted wearing insignia of a military unit, the ‘drawn dagger’, it sparked a national outrage before ICC stepped in and asked Dhoni to remove it.

Coming back to jersey which Dhoni and the team will be wearing on June 30 as they take on the home team England. The whole idea of switching the colours could be credited to the fact that the home team also wears same shade blue as worn by the Indian team.

 Just before the start of this World Cup, the ICC came up which a new set of rules regarding the jerseys teams would wear in tournaments at home and away.

The ICC rule reads: “For televised ICC events all participating teams will be required to provide for two different coloured kits, except for the host country who has a preference in the choice of colour and may, if it chooses to do so, provide only one coloured kit to be worn in all matches throughout the event. In advance of the event the teams will be notified which coloured kit will be worn in each match.”

This is why, England being the home team didn’t changed their jersey colours and India had to do the honours and thus Nike came up with this orange design. India is not the forst team to do so. Infact, the Proteas who always sports green jersey with splashes of yellow wore it in reverse scheme that is, one where yellow was dominated by green for their match against Bangladesh. Even, the new entrant Afganistan, who is seen in blue, had more of red colour on their jerseys when they played against India. Hence all this debate seems to be useless to me as after the match against England, players would again sport their old jerseys.

Hope this is enough to justify that there is no political conspiracy behind the New Jersey colour. Although this is definitely sure that this has been a foul attempt to sprinkle the political dust over the Indian cricket team. And if you ask me, the conspirators have been successful to quite an extent.

The Indian cricket team players have flown to England not to win accolades and awards for themselves but the championship for the country. There every run, every wicket, every century, every hat-trick, every five-wicket haul belongs to the country. Let’s just rise over this mentality of dividing the nation over colour and focus on the fact that the jersey still sports tricolour which is a matter of pride for the whole nation.

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