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The shirt takes

cricket Updated: May 26, 2011 02:13 IST
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So you've read about all the shots, wickets, catches and gossips. Now, HT takes you into the world of the IPL teams' jerseys and the rationale behind them ...

Chennai Super Kings

Colour: Yellow & blue flanks

Official take: Yellow for fiery spirit & blue shows the calm ocean.

HT take: Makes sense in the midst of Chennai's ever-present heat but it's too bright. If only they came with feathers ...

Deccan Chargers

Colour: Dark blue

Official take: Represents success and power while being sober and elegant.

HT take: The outfit is pleasant but maybe something more energetic would change their fortunes.

Delhi Daredevils

Colour: Deep blue and red

Official take: Blue and red are GMR's (the owners) corporate colours.

HT take: A lively combination of colours, but the white nettish curves are almost as ghastly as the new team.

Kochi Tuskers Kerala

Colour: Orange with purple flanks.

Official take: Orange depicts the sun and purple spirituality.

HT take: Egad! If that was your first reaction, we can't blame you. Hope whoever designed this doesn't go professional!

Kolkata Knight Riders

Colour: Purple with flanks in gold

Official take: Used to be black & gold, black replaced by purple for luck.

HT take: Does it matter? It's Shah Rukh Khan's team. Even if they wore pink polka dot jerseys, the janta would still scream!

Mumbai Indians

Colour: Blue with golden bling

Official take: India's colours. Gold bling symbolises the Bandra-Worli sea link.

HT take: Though not very ingenious when it came to naming the franchise, the jersey is quite snazzy.

Pune Warriors

Colour: Black

Official take: Black symbolises power, sophistication and valour. A robust colour to depict a warrior.

HT take: Black in the height of the Indian summer and while playing a sport? Terrific planning!

Rajasthan Royals

Colour: Royal blue and gold

Official take: A state made of former kingdoms, thus royal blue & gold chosen.

HT take: Jersey? We were too busy ogling at a certain co-owner all this while. Either way, dull but pleasant.

Kings XI Punjab

Colour: Red with silver flanks

Official take: The logo of the team had these two colours.

HT take: Think Arsenal's jersey. The only difference is Kings XI’s crest and the lesser mortals who wore it.

Royal Challengers

Colour: Red with blue flanks and gold sleeves

Official take: Bengaluru's spirit — sharp, youthful and dynamic.

HT take: We love the Kingfisher labels on the bottles. Evidently, the designers of the RCB jersey do too!