When the men and women’s India National Cricket Teams step onto the field to greet their nation’s cheers at the T20 games in India, they’ll be wearing new Nike T20 kits. Showcasing the country’s signature blue, the design features a jersey with a new collar that has clear Asian influences. Four-way stretch pants feature articulated patterning on the knee section to withstand aggressive play.
Bold, with a contemporary striped motif, the kits express the excitement and responsibility the players feel when representing their country. “At every stage, the meaning of wearing India jersey changes,” explains Mithali Raj, captain of the Women’s India National Cricket Team.
“When you are the senior player, you have everyone on your shoulders and you can’t let them down. When you are a debutant, you are playing for yourself and all those people who have made you a player.
It is different, but when I don the signature blue kit, I carry it proudly, believing I will win.” Ajinkya Rahane, batsman of the Men’s India National Cricket Team shares a similar sentiment: “Wearing the kit, going out there and playing for my country – it’s an overwhelming feeling, which is almost impossible to express in words. But whenever I wear the kit, I believe I’m a hero,” he declares. Nike is the official apparel sponsor of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Starting March 6, 2016, Team India kits will be available at Nike India retail and through Nikecricket.in