Virat Kohli says he would give the new India jersey eight out of 10. Photo: Action Images via Reuters
Virat Kohli says he would give the new India jersey eight out of 10. Photo: Action Images via Reuters
The contrast is good and the fit is great, says Virat Kohli on the new India jersey. Photo: Action Images via Reuters
The contrast is good and the fit is great, says Virat Kohli on the new India jersey. Photo: Action Images via Reuters
Indian captain Virat Kohli says the new jersey will not be a permanent change, as the team are very proud of wearing their blue kit. Photo: Action Images via Reuters
Indian captain Virat Kohli says the new jersey will not be a permanent change, as the team are very proud of wearing their blue kit. Photo: Action Images via Reuters

BIRMINGHAM – India skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday unveiled the orange-and-dark-blue jersey that the team will wear in their World Cup match against England in Birmingham.

Blue has been Indian cricket’s dominant colour since the advent of coloured clothing, but Kohli, known for his fashion sense, was impressed by the new kit for Sunday’s match at Edgbaston.

“I quite like it. I think it’s right up there. For me, it will be an eight (out of 10). Honestly, I am not saying that for the sake of it,” Kohli said at his pre-match press conference.

“The contrast is good, the fit is great. For one game, it’s fine. But I don’t think permanently we will be heading in that direction, because blue is our colour and we are very proud to wear that.”

Eight of the 10 nations at the World Cup have an alternate kit in case of a colour clash, and England also wear light blue, hence the switch.

But the colour of the kit has stirred controversy in India.

Members of the opposition accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s right-wing Hindu nationalist party of pushing its trademark saffron colour on the team.

Sri Lanka changed to yellow shirts against England, and decided to keep them for the rest of the tournament as a lucky charm after their shock win against the hosts.

India, unbeaten in their six games, need just one win from their remaining three games to book a semi-final berth, while Eoin Morgan’s England must win both of their final games to guarantee progress.

AFP