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In Pictures: Evolution of India's World Cup jerseys through the years

Rajdeep Puri
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Indian cricket ODI team
Indian cricket ODI team

After completing a historic 2-1 Test series win over Australia in their own backyard, has now shifted to One Day Internationals. The ongoing ODI series between India and Australia is tied at 1-1 with the final ODI to take place in Melbourne. With the ICC World Cup set to take place in England this year, all the teams will focus only on the 50-over format of the game, with a few T20Is and the IPL in between, of course.

The World Cup, which will begin on May 30, will see a change of format this year as only 10 teams will be taking part. However, there will be no group stages as such as all the teams will take on each other, with the top four from the round-robin qualifying for the semi-finals.

The Indian cricket team began their World Cup journey in 1975. They have grown from strength to strength since then. From being the underdogs in 1975 to becoming the favourites this year, a lot has changed.

One of the things which has constantly changed is the jersey worn by the team. Every four years, a new jersey is made specifically for the World Cup. Since 1992, the jersey has evolved in colour and in design.

So, let's take a look a the evolution of India's World Cup jerseys through the years.

1975 - 1987 - White jerseys

India Captain Kapil Dev holds aloft the 1983 World Cup
India Captain Kapil Dev holds aloft the 1983 World Cup

It was not until the 1992 World Cup that coloured jerseys were first used. Until the 1987 World Cup, the teams continued to wear the white which was worn in Tests as well.

And thus, the red ball was used instead of the white in the first three editions of the Cup. India failed to make a mark in 1975 and 1979 as they got knocked out in the group stages itself.

They created history in the 1983 tournament, defeating the favourites, West Indies, at Lord's in dramatic fashion to lift the Cup.

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