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.
People began identifying India with the blue jersey, hence, it came as a surprise when yellow take over as the primary colour with the blue in the middle. The yellow did not suit India much and they changed the jersey soon after.
The yellow was still predominantly present on the jersey but with blue over on the collars and arms.
1996 World Cup
The jersey worn by India this time around was a much lighter shade of blue along with yellow. The collars were completely yellow as well. There were also rainbow coloured arrows running across the chest and down the sleeves.
One of the jerseys worn by India completely removed yellow from its jersey. It was a refreshing change for the Men in Blue. The jersey was light blue in colour throughout with a huge BCCI logo sewn across the centre.
Yellow was back on the jersey this time around but it was only the team name which was in yellow. The jersey had dark blue circular designs all across while the players' names were also in dark blue. This was quite a different design and quite a good one as well.
The Coca Cola Cup 1998
This was the first time India introduced the tri-colour onto the jersey. The primary colour was light blue with the tri-colour on the sides. Yellow was completely removed from the jersey only to make a return once again later on.
The Indian side wore a lot of jerseys in 1998. This time, the colour completely changed to dark blue with "India" written in light blue in the middle. The jersey was quite pleasing to the eye but was not used for a long time.
1998 Knockout Trophy
The jersey colour was light blue once again with a huge tri-colour design in the centre. The tri-colour was pasted across on the arms as well while the shoulders were patches of dark blue. This jersey had a little too much on it
1999 World Cup
Once again, Team India got yellow back onto the jersey for the 1999 World Cup. A diagonal yellow pattern yellow with a black border ran across the chest while the rest of the jersey was blue. The collars were yellow once again but with a black border.
The jerseys used in 1999 apart from the World Cup was quite similar but the yellow pattern was much smaller while India was stitched across on the top right corner.
Rating for both: 5/10
The yellow did not leave the jersey and was right in the middle with a huge BCCI logo in black. There were patterns of yellow with a black border on the arms as well. This design did not stay for too long.
Dark blue was used on the arms and the collars while the lighter shade of blue was the primary colour. Strips of yellow were present as well while the BCCI logo was quite predominant.
2000 Knockout Trophy
The shade of blue on the jersey became slightly darker while the design in the middle change - a diagonal yellow pattern with stripes below it.
This is the first time Sahara was used as a sponsor on the jersey. The colour of the jersey was quite similar and yellow stripes were present on either side of the team sponsor.
The jersey changed a lot in 2002, and for the good! The yellow patterns were removed while the team sponsor made its way across in the middle in black and white. The tri-colour was marked across the centre as well, which became a fan-favourite. This jersey was used for many years.
2002 Champions Trophy
The tri-colour and the team sponsor was removed from the 2002 Champions Trophy jersey. It was quite a plain jersey but stood out, nonetheless. India shared the trophy along with Sri Lanka after two finals were washed out.
2003 World Cup
The 2003 World Cup jersey was quite similar to that of 2002 with a few additional black patches on the shoulder and the sides, which gave it an aesthetic look. This jersey too became a fan favourite and was quite pleasing to the eye. India were the runners-up in the 2003 World Cup, losing to Australia in the final.
The jersey used in the 2004 Champions Trophy was almost the same.
2007 World Cup and World T20
The next change in jersey came after a long time. The shade of blue became a lot lighter The tri-colour shifted from the middle to the side. The Indian side wore this jersey in the 2007 World Cup and the 2007 World T20 as well, which they won.
While the design of the jersey remained the same, the shade of blue became a lot darker - almost similar to the shade which India wore back in 1992. It was an unexpected change of jersey but a good one, nonetheless.
2011 World Cup
This is probably the most loved jersey of them all - maybe because India won the World Cup after 28 years wearing.
The design was quite similar to the previous one but the shade of blue became lighter - not as light as 2007 but a lot lighter than the ones worn in 2009-10. There were patches of orange on the track pants as well. The tri-colour was patched across on either side.
2013 Champions Trophy
The jersey worn by the Indian side during the ICC Champions Trophy was quite similar to the one worn during the 2011 World Cup. There were additional patches of orange on either side of the collar but since the Indian side wore a sweater on most occasions due to the weather in England, the design on the jersey could not be seen. India defeated England to win the Champions Trophy.
One of the biggest changes made in this jersey was that of the sponsor. As Star took over Sahara, the jersey did not change much. The shade of blue was similar and India was stitched across in orange in the middle. There were patterns of dark blue all across the jersey as well and three stars above the BCCI logo, which represented the three World Cups(two 50 over WCs and one World T20) India had won.
2015 World Cup
The only difference in this jersey was that the sponsor wasn't on the jersey since it was an ICC event and the team name was written on the chest instead of below the sponsor. India fell to Australia in the semis of the tournament.
Rating for both jerseys: 8/10
2016 World T20(T20I jersey till-date)
The 2016 World T20 jersey saw a slight change as an orange-striped design was on the top right side, just above the chest. This jersey is continued to be worn by the Men in Blue even today, but only for T20Is. India lost to the Windies in the semis of the World T20 in 2016.
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The jersey used in 2017 was the last time Star was used as Oppo became the team sponsors from April 2017. The centre of the jersey was a light shade of blue while the collars, shoulders, and arms were a darker shade of blue.
2017 Champions Trophy
The jersey used in the 2017 Champions Trophy had the same design but the sponsor's name was removed, of course. Hence, the same rating for both the jerseys. India fell to Pakistan in the final.
Rating for both: 8.5/10
Once again, the biggest change in this jersey was the change in sponsors - from Star to Oppo. The shade of blue was quite the same while the collars became orange. Once again, three stars were stitched above the BCCI logo to indicate the three World Cups India have won.