India is about to seal a place in the semifinals at the ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup. A victory against the hosts of the tournament and the potential contenders for the England title will seal their place in the last four. The Indian cricket team of Virat Kohli has performed brilliantly in all facets, whether in bowling, batting or in the field. They are the only undefeated team in the competition and will be determined to continue their winning career while shooting a third World Cup title. However, in preparation for the clash against England, all the talk has been about the color of the shirt that India will wear for the clash against the Eoin Morgan team.
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Since England are the hosts, the responsibility is on the visiting team to change their shirt. In accordance with the ICC rules, all participating teams must provide two different color kits for televised ICC events. However, the host country enjoys the preference in the choice of color and is allowed to provide only one color kit to use during all its matches. As both sides have an almost similar shade of blue, India had to change its color.
On the official Twitter site of the Cricket World Cup, the Indian cricket team released the shirt that was predominantly orange in the side and back, while the front had a blue indigo tone with India written in orange Hardik Pandya, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, KL Rahul and Mohammed Shami saw the shirts and their photos were shared.
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India’s W/L record in their last 12 World Cup games: 1️⃣1️⃣ – 1️⃣
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The inauguration of the shirt highlighted the irrelevance of the current political opposition in the country after they accused Narendra Modi’s government of “stripping” the country. Anti-BJP matches, red color in the New Jersey color of the India team, and said that the ruling government was behind the decision and that it was part of the ongoing saffronization in the country. “Modi ji wants to saffronize the whole country. A Muslim was the one who designed the Indian tricolor. There are other colors in the Tricolor, why choose only the orange? It will be better if his shirt is based on the Tricolor, “said Abu Asim Azmi, a member of the Samajwadi MLA Party.
The former Minister of Maharashtra and the MLA of Congress, Naseem Khan, also echoed Azmi’s sentiments and said that the Narendra Modi government was engaging in the policy of saffron. “Since the Modi government came to power, it has been playing the saffron policy. The tricolor must be respected, and national harmony must be promoted. “This government wants to saffronize everything,” said Naseem Khan.
“Color options were given to the BCCI and they chose the color combination that seemed best to them. “The general idea is to be different from blue, since England also has the same shade of blue as India,” said an ICC source according to ANI.
“Also the design (orange) is taken from the old T20 shirt of India that had orange, designers who are sitting in the USA designed this shirt from something that already existed and not something completely new with which the fans do not identify themselves, “the source added.
However, many other leaders in Congress ignored the criticism and said it was an unwelcome controversy. The action now changes to the field and England will face a death or death situation in Edgbaston.