While nothing can take away from the fervour of the IPL matches, the one thing that does catch the eye is the rather unusual colour schemes the teams have chosen to go with. Social media is awash with praise and criticism alike on the pinks, golds, aqua and green. Here’s a quick list of the teams and their colour codes.
Mumbai Indians (MI) have been seen in their new uniform, which features blue and gold patches. While the yellow of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has been retained, as has the camouflage pattern on the shoulders.
On the other hand, Delhi Capitals (DC) have switched from a mostly blue t-shirt to one with an equal mix of red and blue. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have returned to their traditional purple and gold colour scheme, but with a new twist.
Likewise, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), captained by Faf du Plessis, have held on to their red and black jerseys ever since the 2017 season.
Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), which debuts this season has come in a mix of turquoise and teal. Rajasthan Royals (RR) have chosen a pink jersey. It was inspired by a Rajasthani motif called lehraiya, which depicts the wind blowing through the desert.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) has opted for a traditional orange with black stripes on the shoulders. Punjab Kings’ (PBKS) shirt is a brilliant red in colour.
In order to gauge public response, Vo! asked college students on their preference. The response was almost unanimous.
“Gujarat Titans, RCB and Mumbai Indians are most pleasing to the eye and display colours associated with sports. One can never go wrong with blues, which are known to weather any season or fad. Gujarat Titans almost look royal among all,” stated a group of students at the LD College of Arts.
“My personal choice would be RCB. They look stylish, and classy. Merging hints of black with red is a statement by itself,” stressed Kavish Shah, a student from Alpha College in the city.
However, it was mostly a thumbs down for the Lucknow Super Giants team uniform. “A jersey cannot blur the eye. Mixing aqua with teal is too light a statement for a debutante team that wants to grab attention,” remains the popular chorus.