The men in Blue will sport the new jersey in the upcoming ODI series against Australia.
The Indian men’s cricket team will begin their final ODI series before the World Cup against Australia at the Rajeev Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad. Before the all important five-match series, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), today unveiled the new team India jersey for both the men’s and women’s national cricket teams.
Team India’s kit sponsor Nike has designed the jersey which is quite different and special for the players. In 2011-12, after the historic World Cup win, Nike added three stars above the BCCI logo on the jersey. Each indicating a World Cup victory each (Prudential World Cup 1983, ICC WT20 2007 & ICC CWC 2011). In the latest edition, in addition with the stars, the jersey has the dates of the finals of the three tournaments along with the team’s score and the coordinates of the stadiums where the matches were played.
Nike is the longtime kit sponsor for team India and paid approximately INR 370 crores in the year 2016 to extend its contract till 2020 whereas OPPO Mobiles pvt. ltd. are the team sponsors after they secured a five year contract for INR 1079.29 in March 2017. The jersey was launched in the presence of team India captains Virat Kohli and Harmanpreet Kaur. India’s multi-world cup winning captain MS Dhoni was also present at the event along with Ajinkya Rahane, young sensation Prithvi Shaw and Jemimah Rodrigues.
Team India is scheduled to play a five-match ODI series against Australia from March 2 to March 13. The series will be followed by the Indian Premier League which is scheduled to begin on March 23. The men’s team’s next international assignment will be the couple of warm-up matches against New Zealand and Bangladesh respectively before they clash with South Africa on June 5 in Match 8 of the ICC Cricket World Cup which will be played in the round robin format. The women’s team recently defeated the English team 3-1 in the ODI series and will lock horns against the English team again in a three match T20I series in Guwahati from March 4.
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