The much awaited and debated Orange jersey's first look was revealed on Friday, two days before India plays its next World Cup game at Edgbaston, Birmingham. The orange jersey will be donned by Team India in their next outing against hosts England on Sunday.
The new kit has orange stripes on the shoulders, sides and at the back while the torso has India's traditional blue colour.
The orange jersey picked up a huge trend two days earlier when the leaked first look of the new jersey spread like wildfire on the internet. Political parties such as the Congress, the Samajwadi Party and the Nationalist Congress Party called it an attempt by the BJP to 'saffronize' the Indian cricket team, by forcing them to wear the orange coloured jersey.
"Whether it is sports or culture, Saffron politics has been started in this country since the Modi government has come to power. The Tricolor should be respected. This current government is trying to saffronise everything which is highly problematic," said the Congress MLA.
Adding to the controversy, SP leader Abu Azmi termed it "injustice", that Orange colour is being alotted to Men In Blue for the World Cup match against England, demanding the people to oppose it.
"Today the orange colour that is being given to the team, Modi ji the one who gave the colours for the flag as a Muslim. If you want to give a colour to Team India, then give a colour of the country's flag, then I will be okay. But if you will give the colour Orange to everything then it is total injustice and it is totally wrong. People should oppose it," the SP leader speaking to media.
As per news agency ANI, ICC has said that colour options were given to BCCI and they chose what they felt went best with the colour combination. The whole idea is to be different as England also wears the same shade of blue as India. The design is taken from India’s old T20 jersey which had orange in it.