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India vs England, ICC World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli reacts to India’s ‘smart’ orange jersey

India vs England, ICC World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli & Co will be wearing an orange-blue jersey to distinguish themselves from hosts England who wear a lighter version of blue.

cricket Updated: Jun 30, 2019 09:08 IST
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India's captain Virat Kohli unveils the new team jersey.
India's captain Virat Kohli unveils the new team jersey.(AP)
         

India captain Virat Kohli, a fashionista off the field, gave a resounding thumbs-up to his team’s new orange jersey which they will be wearing in Sunday’s World Cup group match against England at Edgbaston.

The ‘Men in Blue’ will be wearing an orange-blue jersey to distinguish themselves from hosts England who wear a lighter version of blue.

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The choice of orange has sparked debates back home with some opposition politicians accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s right-wing Hindu nationalist party of pushing its trademark saffron hue on the team.

“I quite like it, I think it’s right up there. For me it would be eight,” Kohli told reporters after being asked to rate the jersey from one to 10.

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“Honestly, I’m not saying it for the sake of it. I really like it. The contrast is very nice.”

Four other teams in the tournament have had to wear a different colours to avoid looking like their opposition.

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Accordingly, blue-shirted Afghanistan opted for red in three of their matches.

South Africa, who usually wear green, chose gold for two matches while Sri Lanka swapped their blue for yellow for a couple of games.

Bangladesh, who were green, will don red in their July 5 match against Pakistan at the Lord’s.

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A stylish batsman on the field and a fashion-conscious celebrity off it, Kohli has designed sneakers in collaboration with sportswear giant Puma.

The 30-year-old satisfied with the fit and welcomed the break from usual blue.

“The fit is great, it’s a nice change,” he said.

“For one game, it’s fine. I don’t think permanently we’d be heading in that direction because blue has always been our colour, very proud to wear that. For a change and looking at the occasion, it’s a very smart kit.”

First Published: Jun 29, 2019 16:29 IST

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