India recently unveiled their jersey for the upcoming 2015 World Cup at the top roof of the historical MCG at Melbourne. The jersey attracted a lot of praises as it was made up of recycled plastics. India has worn different jerseys for the World Cups in the past. From dark Navy blue to dark blue, India has worn all possible colours that can be drawn from “Blue” which earned the name “Men in Blue”. Here is a look at all the jerseys worn by India in the World Cups from 1992 when the coloured clothing was introduced.
1992 World Cup
1992 was the first time when the coloured clothing was introduced in cricket World Cups. All the teams wore the same design but with different colours. It had four horizontal stripes that originates from the shoulder and continues in front and also in the back of the jersey. Blue, Green, Red and White are the colours of the strip and India wore a “Dark Navy Blue” coloured uniform.
1996 World Cup
Like the 1992 editions, teams participated in the 1996 World Cup too had a common jersey model. The Indian jersey moved back to the light blue uniform which featured a big yellow horizontal strip that ran through the front till the end of the sleeves and in the collars as well. It also had a multi-coloured arrow mark just above the yellow strip which looked like a road sign and some thin vertical stripes bellow the big yellow part in the front.
1999 World Cup
For the 1999 World Cup, India sported a sky blue colour uniform which had a diagonally running yellow stripe in the front. It was also the first time when the players had their kit number at the back of the jerseys.
2003 World Cup
Finally India took away yellow from their jerseys and had a black patches in the sides of a uniformly blue jersey. It also had the Indian tri-colour in the front and had “India” printed across it.
2007 World Cup
In 2007 World Cup jersey had a completely different design and the blue colour was lightened. Indian tri-colour moved to the right side from the centre and “India” printed in a new font and placed higher up the chest.
2011 World Cup
The jersey for the 2011 World Cup looked simple with the dark blue returning to it. Tri-Colour patterns were included in either sides and Orange made an appearance to the outfit. It later had three stars over the crest which represents the 1983 World Cup, 2011 World Cup and the 2007 World T20 victories.
2015 World Cup
India’s jersey for the 2015 World Cup is made of 100% polyester. The jersey has been crafted to the last detail with modern menswear collar. The dark blue outfit does not feature any designs in it apart from India written in the front. Each kit has been made out of an average of 33 recycled plastic bottles.