he fan-inspired jersey of the Indian cricket team was unveiled on Wednesday, ahead of the men's T20 World Cup in Oman and the UAE. The tournament will start from October 17 and end on November 14. The new jersey, named as the 'Billion Cheers Jersey', by official kit sponsors MPL Sports, comes in shades of prussian blue and royal blue.
"This is the first time in the history of Indian cricket that fans have been memorialised on a jersey. It carries their chants and cheers from iconic past matches, transformed into unique soundwave patterns. As much as the shirt, aptly called the 'Billion Cheers Jersey', honours their unwavering support, it also serves as a beacon of inspiration and encouragement for Team India to give their best on the field," said a release by MPL Sports.
Presenting the Billion Cheers Jersey!
The patterns on the jersey are inspired by the billion cheers of the fans.
Get ready to #ShowYourGame @mpl_sport.
Buy your jersey now on https://t.co/u3GYA2wIg1#MPLSports #BillionCheersJersey pic.twitter.com/XWbZhgjBd2
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 13, 2021
"We have immense respect for our fans and this makes the official jersey even more special. The design is quite striking and distinct from ones we have sported in the past while also delivering on comfort and performance to enable us to give our best. All of us are thrilled to don the new colours, show our game and make our billion-plus fans proud," said Indian captain Virat Kohli.
Sourav Ganguly, the BCCI President, expressed his happiness over the new jersey. "The Indian cricket team enjoys support not just in India but around the world, and there's no better way to celebrate their excitement and energy than through this jersey. This will undoubtedly provide the team with the much-needed enthusiastic support in their quest to emerge as the T20 champions of the world. We are also pleased to see that MPL Sports continues to deliver merchandise that is widely affordable and accessible."
The upcoming T20 World Cup is also slated to be Virat Kohli's last as India's T20I skipper after he announced his decision to give up the captaincy of the shortest format, in order to reduce his work load.
Limited overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma is expected to take over the skipper's role but the BCCI is yet to make a formal announcement.
Both Virat and Rohit's teams are already out of the T20 World Cup and they have already joined the Indian team's bio-bubble in Dubai. In fact, among the big-ticket Indian team players, only Ravindra Jadeja is still competing in the IPL with his team CSK already through to the final.
India's Practise Matches
While India's campaign at the T20 World Cup is slated to start on 24 October, the team will be playing two warm-up matches before the start of the tournament.
India will take on England on 18 October in Dubai and then play Australia on 20 October in Abu Dhabi.
A total of 16 warm-up matches will be played between participant teams of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021.
The first set of warm-up fixtures began on Tuesday (Oct 12), featuring all the eight teams in Round 1 of the tournament. Each team will play two warm-up matches, with these fixtures being played over the course of the next two days, starting with the clash between Papua New Guinea and Ireland in Abu Dhabi.
The second set of warm-up fixtures will begin on October 18, and conclude on October 20, with the eight confirmed Super12 teams set to play two warm-up matches each.
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