MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma

India launch new jersey for ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Harmanpreet Kaur were among those donning India’s new kit for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, launched on Friday, 1 March.

The launch, on the eve of the first one-day international between India and Australia in Hyderabad, also involved Ajinkya Rahane, Jemimah Rodrigues and Prithvi Shaw.

The men’s team will sport the jersey for the first time during the five ODIs against Australia.

The jersey's special feature is that the dates of India's past World Cup triumphs – the ODI World Cups in 1983 and 2011, and the T20 World Cup win in 2007 – are all emblazoned behind the back collar.

“This is our new jersey, which we will be sporting during the ODI series. It helps to be agile on the field,” Rohit Sharma told BCCI.tv. “One interesting fact is, along with all the colours, the dates when we won the first World Cup, the T20 World Cup, and our second 50-over World Cup winning date in Mumbai.

“[That is] rare and it is pretty nice and good looking.”

Dhoni, however, was most impressed by the fabric. “You may have many designs, but ultimately, it’s the fabric that really makes you feel comfortable,” he was quoted as saying by Quint.

“Wearing it (the jersey) right now, it feels so comfortable like you’re not wearing anything at all. It doesn't weigh you down.”