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IPL skirt-o-meter

india Updated: Mar 18, 2010 01:18 IST
Namya Sinha
Namya Sinha
Hindustan Times
The Royal Challengers

The IPL cheerleaders have brought glamour and oomph on the field. While designers have their own favourite cheerleader costumes, one thing is clear: the Deccan Chargers’ cheerleaders outfits rock and the ones sported by the Mumbai Indian girls score rather low on the style quotient.



Funky & sporty


Says Nikhil Mehra, “This year’s uniforms are funky and sporty. The Deccan Chargers uniforms are the best due to their colour combination.” While he is one of the few designers to endorse the Mumbai Indians uniforms as well, there are many detractors for the latter. Nida Mahmood thinks everything seems to have gone wrong with the Mumbai Indians’ outfits. She explains, “This is by far the worst of the lot! The fits are terrible. The styling and design have nothing to do with what a cheer team should be wearing. The outfit lacks every sort of grace. The boots must be so uncomfortable, I wonder how these girls cheer their team.”



She endorses the Deccan Chargers as according to her, the colours are well co-ordinated and the outfits look complete with the right detailing. It’s not just the Deccan Chargers who are being applauded. The Royal Challengers’ cheerleader outfits — stylish in white — are also coming in for a fair amount of praise.



Uncomfortable footwear


Says Debashish Shyam of the Royal Challengers, “Our uniform has been designed keeping in mind ‘flirtatious mischief', with youthful colours.”



The Deccan Chargers again get a thumbs up from Anjana Bhargav, who also thinks the Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers rock as well. She says, “The Deccan Chargers are the best as they look very well co-ordinated.” She also feels that the Mumbai Indians could have done a lot better with high-heeled golden boots.



For Nitin Bal Chauhan, the Royal Challengers steal the show, while the Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals get a firm thumbs down. He says, “The Bangalore uniforms are the best because of their play of colours and cuts. The Mumbai Indians have ill-fitting costumes.”



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