We Indians are not ones for pastels and soft muted colours. We are in your face with our parrot greens, sickly pinks, flaming orange and nausea-inducing purple. But, this doesn’t mean that our excesses have to spill over into the gentleman’s game where white was all once upon a time. Now we do understand the need to revel in flamboyant colours to celebrate the spirit of the Indian Premier League (IPL). But we would have appreciated a little restraint on the part of the designers who have come up with the technicolour jerseys of the teams. Let us look at the Kochi Tuskers Kerala. We can only think that the jerseys were inspired by tuskers gone berserk if the psychedelic orange outfits are anything to go by. The Chennai Super Kings may not have a yellow streak but their jerseys suggest that mustard fields are indeed forever. And it would take the dedicated fan to keep his peepers on the oranges and turmeric yellows of the other teams.
The Kolkata Knight Riders seem to have put the blame on their uniform colours for their disastrous performances in earlier editions of he IPL. So out went the black and gold jerseys and in came, hold your breath, purple and gold. Now Shah Rukh Khan may own the team and carry off these hues quite well, but that doesn’t mean all his boys are SRK clones. The Mumbai Indians and Deccan Chargers have relied on the original Indian habit: copy, tweak and then put an ‘original’ stamp on the clothing. Their shades of blues are giving us the blues. The Pune Warriors are hardly ‘warriorish’ with their ash and black outfits.
Which brings us to the central question: what has been the contribution of designers in this razzle-dazzle? Instead, of spending money on them, the team managements should have just organised a painting combination for under-10 year olds. We suspect they would have done a better job of things.