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As the IPL winds down, 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: Kings XI Punjab is the only team in the IPL to use a distinct two-tone uniform. What this means is that the primary colors of their jersey and trousers are different. The red and silver combo is actually quite good, and last year, when their primary sponsor was Emirates, their jersey looked just like Arsenal’s.
This year, however, their primary sponsor has changed, and so has their kit supplier. For the last three seasons, KXIP threads were made by Reebok but this year the Mohali franchise is kitted by U.S. Polo Assn. Still, the uniform retains most of its former elements, including the red panels that run down on either side of the trousers. The new kit sponsors have also left the odd red panels on the knee untouched!
Name And Number: As mentioned earlier, the red and silver combo works well. This is no different for the player name and numbers, which are printed in silver on the red jersey. But the secondary sponsor (the one on the upper back) logo is a big downer. The Lux Cozi logo doesn’t go well with the rest of the jersey.
Helmet: There’s something about red cricket helmets that sets them apart. Just like the Delhi Daredevils, I quite like KXIP’s red dome. The red coupled with the silver shield logo makes this my joint-favorite helmet of the tournament (the other one’s the Rajasthan Royals'). And by now, we’ve come to accept sponsors’ logos on the leading side and back of IPL helmets. Still they don’t take too much away from this one!
Cap: KXIP’s cap has two white panels that bleed into the visor. This is also a good, yet fairly understated, design that complements the rest of the uni. Again, the cap comes with sponsors’ logos on the side and back, which is not so bad since the logos seem to blend well with the lid.
Pads: KXIP’s silver pads also go well with the rest of the uni as they don’t look too flashy or gaudy.
Miscellaneous: Most of their sponsors’ logos blend into KXIP’s uniform, with the glaring exception of their secondary sponsor (as mentioned earlier). But if I had to nitpick--which I will--I think the Videocon d2h logo on the chest needs to be pushed down a bit.
Also, I’ve noticed that KXIP is one of two teams (the other being Pune Warriors India) in the league that doesn’t have a sponsor logo on both trouser legs. They just have a solitary logo on the leading leg!
Key Changes: None, other than the fact that Reebok has made way for U.S. Polo Assn.
VJ Andy: Finally, a uniform I actually like! Red and silver seems like an odd choice, but it works. Definitely agree with a lot of what Harsh says because the fit of the uniform is the best I’ve seen so far, and when I glance at it, it reminds me of a good baseball uniform.
The silver leg guards are not my favourite element because i think it could have been toned down. Having said that, I still wish we'd break fashion trends for cricket and try different fits because it really seems like all the teams are in pretty much same uniform, only with different colours. I’m sure we can get Adidas to start new trends just like they have in Tennis!
Guylife Rating: 6.5/10
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