India to sport new jersey in the Test series against Australia

India to sport new jersey in the Test series against Australia

Indian players wore the new jersey in the practice game.

Umesh Yadav
Umesh Yadav. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

After the new limited-overs kit, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) revealed the new jersey for the Indian cricket team for the purest format of the game. Team India will don this new jersey in the highly-anticipated four-match Border Gavaskar Trophy against Australia, starting from December 17 with a day-night Test in Adelaide.

The game of cricket was put to halt for 6-7 months due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and as a result the cricket boards are dealing with a major financial crisis. The financial situation of all boards is not the same as it was before. Therefore, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has allowed the teams to wear jerseys with giant highlighted sponsor logos. This will allow them to generate more revenue from sponsorship.

In the new Test kit of the Indian cricket team, the central sponsor’s logo is placed at the middle of the shirt and is more visible. In the past, the central sponsor’s logo was found on the top right side of the jersey. Educational firm BYJU’s is India’s principal sponsor, while MPL had recently replaced Nike as the kit designers

The Indian players were seen wearing the new cricket jersey during a three-day practice match between India A and Australia A from December 6 to December 8 in Drummoyne Oval, Sydney.

First Practice Test match between India A and Australia A results in a draw

The game between India A and Australia A resulted in a draw after the visitors witnessed a collapse in their batting line-up in the second innings. Indian skipper Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and elected to bat first. The skipper led from front as he collected 117 runs and was aptly supported by Cheteshwar Pujara who added 54 runs to the scoreboard.

As a result, India A decided to declare the first innings at 247/9 at the end of first day. On the second day, Umesh Yadav and his troops picked early wickets and the hosts looked in trouble. But Cameron Green slammed a stunning century to take Australia A to a comprehensive total of 286/8 before the sunset. The hosts finally decided to declare their first innings after taking a 59-run lead.

The second innings of India saw a collapse of the batting line-up as Mark Steketee took a five-wicket haul along with Michael Neser and Green who bagged two wickets each. India A declared their second innings at 189/9 and were leading by 130 runs. However, by the end of Day 3, Australia A managed only 52 runs on the board and the match resulted in a draw.