In a country obsessed with cricket, the Indian cricket team jersey symbolizes the support of millions of fans for the men and women in blue. And it provides inspiration to thousands of young cricketers who aspire to represent the country at the world stage.
“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,” says MS Dhoni, India Cricket team wicketkeeper and batsman. “Features like the 4D quickness and Zero distractions will definitely help the team inside the ropes.”
4D Quickness provides multi-directional and multi-dimensional stretch for quickness along with tuned breathability that helps with temperature regulation to keep athletes cool. This is just one element of the new jersey that reduces distractions and supports maximum performance during play.
Beyond representing the nation, India’s leading cricketers are also invested in nurturing young athletes — helping them to engage in sport and overcome challenges to unleash their full potential.
“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,” shares Virat Kohli, Captain, Indian Cricket team. “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.”
Harmanpreet Kaur, Captain of the Indian Women’s T20 Cricket team remembers the difficulty of forging a career in cricket from her hometown, Moga.
“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,” says Kaur. “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.”