The 1992 World Cup is most remembered for being the first edition to have players in coloured clothing. from Australia’s striking CANARY YELLOW to champions Pakistan’s ICONIC GREEN to the OXFORD BLUE of India, every team opted for a unique colour that reflected their tradition. Since then, the Indians sported jerseys with hues of blue. Here is a history of how the Indian’s team attire evolved over the last six editions.
1992 : Though the Indians won the 1985 World Championship, wearing light blue jersey with yellow stripes, the team opted for a dark shade with multi-coloured shoulder stripes for the 1992 World Cup. The change proved unlucky as they lost the following series against South Africa.
1996 : They went back to the light blue featuring a huge stripe of yellow that ran through the front till its sleeves. The collar also had a multi-coloured band resembling a road sign.
1999 : The colour yellow remained an integral part on the blue jersey as an attractive golden-yellowish pattern ran diagonally in the front. The yellow collar still stood out. It was also the first time when the players had their kit number on their jerseys.
2003 : Finally, the jersey shed yellow and instead black patches were placed on the sides of a uniformly blue jersey. The brushstrokes of the tri-colour adorned the front along with “India” imprinted across it.
2007 : The shade of blue was lightened and the tri-colour moved to the right side from the centre. “India” was emblazoned in a new font, placed higher up the chest.
2011 : It was perhaps the most popular jersey for the fact that India won the Cup. In terms of aesthetics, patterns were restricted to the sides and the colours ——both blue and the orange slightly darker than before.