India, Pakistan, Australia, England reveal new T20I jerseys ahead of World Cup: Who has the best-looking kit?

It’s that time of the year when sports fans can update their wardrobe with new kits. After the big names in European football dropped their new kits for the season, cricket teams have been unveiling their new threads for the shortest format of the game.

With the men’s T20 World Cup set to be held in Australia from October 16 and the women’s T20 World Cup in February next year in South Africa, kit makers have had a busy time, conceptualising and working on the new jerseys.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday, September 18 unveiled the new kit for T20I cricket. Rohit Sharma and Harmanpreet Kaur’s teams will return to ocean blue shade of the iconic blue kit. The new kit unveiled on Sunday reminded fans of the light blue shade that was prevalent under Sourav Ganguly and the early half of MS Dhoni’s captaincy tenures.

2007 to 2022: India’s T20I jerseys

India’s new T20I jersey has dark blue shade on the shoulder and the sleeve and it also spills into the left torso area. The jersey is styled by patterns made of equilateral triangles, which according to manufactures MPL Sports, is a ‘blend of spirit and power – that celebrates the unswerving support of the fans’.

India cricketers, including captain Rohit Sharma and former captain Virat Kohli, had a photoshoot with the new ocean blue jersey ahead of the 3-match T20I series against Australia, starting September 20.

Several India cricketers, including Rishabh Pant and Yuzvendra Chahal, posed with the new kit and rated their new threads.

Photo Courtesy: Rishabh Pant Instagram

THUNDER T20I KITS FOR PAKISTAN

On Monday, September 19, Pakistan also unveiled their new T20I kit, which has received a positive response from fans of the Asia Cup finalists.

Pakistan have moved away from the pain green shirt to incorporate a ‘thunder’ pattern with light green and yellow stripes in their dark green shirt. With a green collar and thunder stripes, the kit makers for Pakistan seems to have done a good job in dropping a kit that might garner attention.

Both India and Pakistan new kits are available for sale online as the kit manufacturers are expecting good sales in the lead-up to the World Cup. Incidentally, India and Pakistan will begin their World Cup campaign with a marquee clash on October 23 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

INDIGENENOUS THEME FOR AUSTRALIA

Defending champions Australia will be donning a specially-designed ‘indigenous-themed’ jersey for the first time in a World Cup. While they had worn indigenous-themed jerseys in the past, Aaron Finch’s men played with plain yellow jersey in the UAE in 2021.

In a bid to recognize the role of indigenous Australians in sport, designers Aunty Fiona Clarke and Courtney Hagen, in partnership with sportswear brand Asics, designed the jersey which will have black sleeves and a green and gold gradient on the trunk of the playing top and artwork flows around the shirt.

The pants will be black and a cap will feature the colors of both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags on the brim.

The design in the central part of the shirt pays tribute to the past, present and emerging First Nations cricketers, and connection is an important theme of the kit.

ENGLAND FOCUS ON PERFORMANCE

Meanwhile, England were the first time to unveil their new T20I kit in the lead-up to the World Cup. The former champions upgraded their red kit with the three lions are at the heart of the bespoke design, once again.

The kit manufacturers sought inputs from players, including the likes of Jofra Archer and Jos Buttler, to make sure the kits helped enhance the on-field performances.

“Crafted from a high-stretch and recycled poly elastane blend that allows freedom of movement for athletes that a conventional garment would not. With mesh paneling at the underarms to keep athletes cool and focused throughout play,” manufacturers Castore and ECB said.

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