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As we enter the business end of the IPL, we bring you a series of posts in which we review each IPL team’s uniform. The good, the bad, and the ugly--VJ Andy and Guylife’s own Harsh Kalan have a no-holds-barred, no-detail-left-uncovered look at this season’s IPL team uniforms.
VJ Andy: You probably know VJ Andy from his wildly successful Channel V shows like Dare to Date, Date My Folks, U R Fired, Get Gorgeous, among several others. What you probably don’t know is that he also has a fashion/costume design background, with credits for work on films including Tashan, Bachna E Haseeno and Ghajini.
He has also worked for some of India’s top designers, including Suneet Varma, JJ Valaya, Rahul Gandhi, and Rohit Sharma. You can connect with this multi-talented youth icon (he started his career as a choreographer!) at @iamVJAndy and on facebook.
Harsh Kalan: Harsh Kalan is a writer and freelance graphic designer based in Mumbai. Along with writing for Guylife, he has been designing logos and identities for a gamut of brands for several years. He is, however, most passionate about sports, and follows the IPL avidly--both for work and fun. You can connect with him on Twitter at @harshkalan
Harsh: Much like CSK, the Delhi Daredevils haven’t made any big changes to their uni this year. They continue sporting their trademark red and blue kit, which has been the case since IPL 2009. For some reason DD have gone with raglan sleeves--the kind of sleeves that are different in color from the main portion of the jersey.
But it somehow ties in well with the white gradient stripes on the jersey. The stripes, of course, are cleverly faded out to make room for the primary sponsor’s logo--in this case ‘Muthoot Group.’ However, the rest of the jersey is a fine example of designers trying to desperately fill in white space. This includes the golden piping on either side of the jersey. And, of course, the three stripes on the sleeves come complimentary (err, mandatory) from Adidas.
Having said that, the red and blue combo works well, and just like their jersey, all the elements tie in to make a decent--albeit busy--uniform.
Name And Number: The DD player name and numbers are printed in white, which in my opinion is the safest choice for a dark colored sports jersey. Besides, white name and numbers work well with the overall busy theme of this uniform.
Helmet: DD’s helmet appears to be pure red (255, 0, 0). This goes well, especially with the red raglan effect. And the helmet, of course, comes with more than just the Daredevils’ logo--there’s a shoutout to Coke on the leading side of the dome and to Amity University at the back. All in all, it's one of the less-disturbing helmets in the tournament, both due to its bright complementing color and also the relatively less intrusive sponsor logos.
Cap: This is a navy blue cap with three red stripes on the visor. The same sponsors--Coke and Amity University--feature on the leading side and back respectively. Like their helmet, DD’s cap is one of the less-disturbing ones in the league--save for their team logo, which looks cartoonish. Also, the template of this cap is the standard one that Adidas is using for all its teams--DD, Mumbai Indians and Pune Warriors India. In other words, this is not a unique design!
Pads: Nothing special here; just plain old navy blue leg guards.They certainly don’t spoil the overall look of this uni, but they definitely don’t add much value to it either. How about contrasting red pads to go with the red helmet?
Miscellaneous: I think DD have done well, in general, to accommodate their plethora of sponsors on various parts of their uniform. However, their secondary sponsor (Idea) looks out of place! The huge yellow logo looks like it’s been pinned to the jersey at the last minute, just like runner numbers in marathons!
As mentioned earlier, the secondary sponsor gets first dibs on a player’s upper back in the IPL. So, in this case as well, the player name is buried under oversized numbers.
Key Change: None, except that DD actually have a shot at winning the IPL this year!
Andy: Love the colour combination coupled with those Adidas stripes however, the design is a bit overdone. I mean, you could literally design 3, separate uniforms with all the extra detailing, especially that unnecessary print on the torso! That being said though, the well thought-out dual colour cap works extremely well.
The bottom half leaves a little more to be desired because highlighting a player's personal equipment can never be a good thing! Especially if you believe that size does matter! *laughs out loud*
Guylife Rating: 7/10
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