Don’t be surprised if you see most spectators at IPL matches wearing sunglasses. What else can they do when the teams seem determined to give us an eyesore with those jerseys?
Orange, purple, red, yellow and blue — the loud colours, garish designs and flashy logos have made the team jerseys an online joke, with Kochi Tuskers topping the laughed-at list. “If any of you see the Kochi Tuskers uniform on sale, please alert me. I am decorating my scarecrow,” writes Vrushali on Twitter.
Experts, too, are aghast at some of the designs. “Purple and orange is a very bad colour combination. Purple doesn’t go with the Indian skin tone,” says designer Anupamaa Dayal. Even jerseys created by designers Shantanu and Nikhil for the Delhi Daredevils, Mumbai Indians and Pune Warriors, are being panned. “It’s not about the designers but the selectors. Whoever selects the designers should see that they have the right sensibilities for sportswear. Most of the uniforms don’t work,” says designer Anjalee Kapoor.
The only teams to get a unanimous thumbs-up are Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab. “Bold, bright, very Punjab,” says designer Nida Mahmood. “I like the Kings XI red-white combo,” says designer Anjana Bhargav.