Rating India's ODI jerseys since 1985
The ICC World Cup is scheduled to begin in England on May 30, 2019 and all the 10 teams are going to play a lot of ODIs as preparation for the tournament.
India began playing ODIs in the 1970s and they were considered quite a weak team back then. However, things changed when they defied the odds to lift the World Cup for the first time at Lord's, defeating the mighty West Indies in the final.
For the first decade or so, teams played ODIs in their usual white-coloured clothing. It wasn't until 1985, during the Benson and Hedges World Championships that coloured jerseys were used for the first time.
It did not catch on immediately as the 1987 World Cup saw the teams go back to wearing whites. However, the 1990s saw a change as teams began to wear coloured jerseys in ODIs, along with playing with the white ball as well.
Since 1991, Team India have changed their jersey multiple times. In this article, we rate all the jerseys worn by the Indian side since 1985:
The Indian side first wore coloured jerseys in 1985 at the Benson & Hedges World Championship in Australia which they won.
The colour of the jersey was light blue with yellow in the middle and around the collars. The team did not have any sponsors on the jersey like they do these days.
The jersey used by the Men in Blue in the 1990s also did not have any sponsors. The design from 1985 changed to three big yellow stripes while the shade of blue became slightly darker.
The second coloured jersey used by the Indian side was a much darker shade of blue with a patch of light blue on the shoulders.
The jersey also sported green, red, and white stripes above the chest while India was stitched out in yellow in the middle. This was one of the classiest jerseys worn by them.