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Time for a change?

"It won’t get dirty easily,” said Mahendra Singh Dhoni, while unleashing Team India’s new jersey. Fans and experts believe that the new dark blue jersey isn’t working for the team. Rahul Sabharwal & Namya Sinha write...

entertainment Updated: Mar 02, 2009 16:40 IST

"It won’t get dirty easily,” said Mahendra Singh Dhoni, while unleashing Team India’s new jersey. But that’s cold comfort for a team which has lost two matches in a row after switching colours. Facebook groups, angry with the team’s loss in New Zealand, think that the new jerseys are unlucky for the team. Astrology and colour therapy experts agree.

Astrologer Naresh Khanduja explains, “They have reduced yellow which is sign of prosperity. Light blue is the colour of Jupiter and dark blue is that of

Saturn. If it doesn’t suit someone, it becomes

disastrous.” Colour therapist Dr Arti Kumar, believes that our actions are influenced by the colours we wear. “Dark blue represents coldness. Hence the team isn’t performing well.”

According to an anonymous Facebook wall post, dark blue has prevented Indians from thinking clearly, which is visible on the field. A group on this networking site has also demanded the team returns to its old dress code. On Dhoni’s fan site, a wall post says: “This new uniform of Team India isn’t impressive. The blue is too loud. We look like distant clones of Sri

Lanka or Bermuda.” Another fan fumes: “India was on top with the previous uniform. The change is an indication that India’s dominance in cricket is over.”

Denial mode

Designer Tarun Tahiliani has distanced himself from reports that he created the jersey. An official statement from him says, “My design studio never had anything to do with the uniforms.” Designer Nikhil Mehra feels that switching to a dark colour could make things worse. “Dark blue indicates depletion of power. The earlier aqua blue gave a sense of unity,” Mehra states.

Girls feel the new colour doesn’t make the players look hot. “Earlier, they looked like bunch of guys having fun. Now, it’s all so sombre,” says Shruti, a student. Content writer, Priya Sharma, adds, “Yuvraj Singh and Dhoni looked cooler earlier.. not anymore.”