Melbourne, Jan 15 (IANS) Sports apparel manufacturer Nike on Thursday unveiled the Indian cricket team's jersey and kit which the side will sport in the upcoming tri-series against Australia and England, followed by the World Cup.
Interestingly, each kit - jersey and bottoms - is made out of an average of 33 recycled plastic bottles.
A spokesperson for the BCCI claims that the use of recycled polyester gives the fabric enhanced stretchability and moisture-retaining qualities. The spokesperson also added that using recycled material for the kit shows the BCCI’s efforts towards conserving the environment.
Team India's new ODI kit: It is made of 100 per cent recycled polyester and a pair of shirt and trousers is made of 33 plastic bottles.— Shirin Sadikot (@ShirinSadikot) January 15, 2015
India’s ace spinner R. Ashwin was quoted as saying, “We feel socially responsible as a unit wearing this kit and doing our bit for the environment. So, in that regards, I am really proud of what Nike has given us.”
"The new team India uniform is light, comfortable and packed with innovation to help minimise distractions on the field of play and that's critical when millimetres make a difference between a game-winning innings or wicket," said India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
"(The year) 2015 is a massive year for team India as the best teams in the world compete for cricket's greatest prize. The team India jersey truly symbolises the passion for cricket in our nation... wearing this jersey is a matter of pride for every player," Dhoni added.
The tri-series starts on January 16 while India play their first match against Australia here on January 18.