While the Indian Premier League is nearing its climactic end with only three teams alive in the competition and a finalist ready waiting for the other team for the titular clash on October 15, the buzz around T20 cricket is set to remain alive. It is ICC Men’s T20 World Cup which will see teams from around the world go head to head for the ultimate title of being the world champions in this format.
Ahead of the world event, several teams have released their new jerseys and the latest addition to the list is that of Team India. India’s official kit sponsor MPL Sports has unveiled the new Men in Blue jersey which the Virat Kohli-led side will be donning at the world event set to be staged across Oman and UAE. While the Blue – which has remained the team’s identity is intact, the new jersey also has the blue colour like the one in India’s latest T20 jersey.
Presenting the Billion Cheers Jersey!
The patterns on the jersey are inspired by the billion cheers of the fans.
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 13, 2021
Team India have already secured a Super 12 berth in the competition by virtue of being in the top 8 teams in the ICC Rankings. As a result, they will begin their T20 World Cup campaign on October 24 at the Dubai International Stadium against arch-rivals Pakistan.
The mind games preceding the marquee event has already begun and former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has said that India do not stand any chance of competing with the talent in the Men in Green and that is the reason the Indian team does not play bilateral cricket with them.
While Razzaq may perhaps be trying to put extra pressure on India with that kind of a statement, India’s record against Pakistan at the World Cup speaks for itself. The Indian team has not lost a single match against Pakistan in the World Cup – whether T20 or 50 overs – and will look to continue their 100 per cent track record against their neighbouring country in the tournament.
On the other hand, Babar Azam’s Pakistan would be looking to replicate their performance from the 2017 Champions Trophy final where they had managed to hand a crushing defeat to India.
All in all, the stage is set for a blockbuster of a clash in Dubai.