India’s cricketers have been ordered to wear the same jersey design that won them the World Cup last year for the World Twenty20 in a bid to bring them good luck.
Nike, the Indian team’s clothing sponsor, had earlier this month unveiled a new Twenty20 design that displayed the national colours prominently and even paraded top stars in the new outfit at a media launch.
But India’s cricket chiefs have asked the players to wear the same blue shirts in which they won the 50-over World Cup in order to bring good luck to the team.
“It’s our decision to ask the players to wear the jersey which they had during the 2011 World Cup,” Indian cricket board official Ratnakar Shetty told the Times of India.
India won the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007 but failed to make the semi-finals of the next two editions in 2009 and 2010 which were won by Pakistan and England. The new design was welcomed by captain MS Dhoni who said it would help fans identify with the shortest format of the game.
“When we see players in white, we know they are playing Test cricket,” said Dhoni. “Similarly, when you see them in blue, you know an ODI is going on. Now that we have a different T20 shirt, there will be a strong association between the format and the jersey.”
Virender Sehwag had said he liked the new jersey because it displayed the national colours.
“I play with my heart and I play for the national flag,” said the senior batsman.
“I like it because the national colours are on my heart.”
Published in The Express Tribune, September 15th, 2012.