The new Indian jersey is out, and in true Indian cricket style not only is it as classy as ever, but also full of innovative features such as "4D Quickness and Zero distractions". Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, and Indian women's team captain Harmanpreet Kaur were present at the launch event of the kit.
Former captain MS Dhoni recounted how the game keeps on evolving and called the new jersey an evolution from the previous shirts worn by the national team. The main feature in the new jersey is called ‘4D Quickness’ that provides "multi-directional and multi-dimensional stretch" that aids the quickness of the players. Nike have also added a new feature called breathability which helps in maintaining the temperature of an athlete's body.
"The game has been evolving over the years and the need to have kits that are designed to suit the modern game has always been the priority for the team management and Nike. Features like the 4D quickness and Zero distractions will definitely help the team on the field," Dhoni said.
We have always been told to treat life and sport differently, which is very wrong
The players gave their views on sport and how they had to go through tough times before making it big. Virat Kohli explained why treating life and sport differently was wrong and how it would help build the character of an individual if self-belief was instilled in them.
“We have always been told to treat life and sport differently, which is very wrong. On the field, we are encouraged to take risks but then in life you need to be safe! It’s a huge gap that needs to be bridged. Cricket has taught me everything I know about life. I truly believe that sport helps shape your character as an individual; all you need is to believe in yourself. The self-belief that I learnt on the field makes me believe that I can accomplish anything on or off the field,” Kohli added.
Indian Women’s T20 Cricket team captain Harmanpreet Kaur recalled the struggle that she had to undergo to get where she is.
“I started playing cricket with the boys and I loved the sport from the first time I held a bat. People didn’t want me to play cricket, they said you don’t have a future in it. Surrendering under pressure I attended a hockey camp but that just reinstated my love for cricket. I believed I could play for the Indian team one day; but first I needed to play in a women’s team to get noticed. The biggest struggle was to get 11 girls on the field to make a team; I remember even coaching the girls at every practice session,” Kaur remembered.
Redefine the Game. Define Your Future.— BCCI (@BCCI) January 12, 2017
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