When India won its first ever World Cup, the teams wore white kits and the innings lasted for 60 overs, ten more than the current quota of 50 overs a side. Thanks to Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket tournament, things began to change drastically in the limited overs format. Teams began to ditch their traditional white coloured jerseys for a more colourful one.
Perhaps, the Australians ended up having the most attractive jersey of the lot. A gold top matched by an equal share of yellow in the track suits blew the spectators’ mind. From the traditional golden yellow to the sophisticated baggy-green , the team from down under have let no stone unturned in producing quality kits.
Over the past few years, we have seen a lot of changes in the Aussie jerseys in terms of colour and design. Let’s take a closer look at the evolution of the Australian jersey over the past two decades:
#1 The iconic 1992 World Cup kit
The first World Cup (1992 version) to be played under artificial lights was a memorable tournament. All the participating teams had similar jersey designs and broke an insane amount of records while playing in this kit. Twenty-four years later, kit makers still struggle to come up with better designs. A bright yellow top with rainbow stripes on the sleeves, the kit was a showstopper. With a massive recall value for the simplicity in their designs, the 1992 World Cup jersey was simply a must have.
As far as cricket was concerned, the tournament was a miserable one for the hosts. Four losses in eight group stage matches gave Australia zero chance to qualify for the semi-finals. While Martin Crowe was adjudged as the Player of the Tournament, a certain 26-year-old youngster named Wasim Akram made all the headlines. He was unplayable and ended the tournament with 18 scalps under his belt.