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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: There’s no doubt that the Mumbai Indians are the bling kings of the IPL. Since IPL 2010, their trademark blue uniform has come with gold lacing--and of course, three golden stripes on the sleeves, courtesy Adidas. This blue and gold--and we’re talking darkish gold--combo makes the MI boys look totally gangster!
This year’s MI threads come with rather different gold patterns as compared to last year. While I am all about MI, I think the gold theme on their jersey is a bit excessive. Having said that, it’s the only thing that sets them apart from other similar-hued blue teams like the Pune Warriors India and the Rajasthan Royals.
Name And Number: While going with gold player names and numbers was an obvious choice for MI, I find it absolutely pointless to have player names on this particular jersey. For one, dark gold font is not as legible on the blue surface as one would imagine; and secondly (and most importantly) due to the slightly lower positioning of the secondary sponsor, the player name is totally hidden under the oversized numbers.
Helmet: While the MI logo (just like the Delhi Daredevils) is quite cartoonish, it goes well with their blue helmet. And despite the overcrowding of sponsor logos, this dome looks quite decent.
Cap: This cap is as simple as they come, and it has the same template as the caps of other Adidas teams in the IPL. Blue with three gold stripes and a couple of sponsor logos on the side and back--nothing out of the ordinary here!
Pads: MI’s leg guards are of their primary color--blue--and they go well with the over-the-top look and feel of their uni. Some players, including Sachin Tendulkar, even wear blue and gold gloves--taking the bling factor to a whole ‘nother level!
Miscellaneous: Given their popularity and the fact that they are in based in a big media market like Mumbai, MI has no dearth of sponsors dying to slap their logos all over their blue and gold jersey. Sure, there is overcrowding of logos here, but it’s the kind of overcrowding we have now come to accept in their uni. The fact is that Sachin’s name is attached to the MI brand--and it WILL sell no matter what!
And, as I mentioned before, MI are the bling kings of the league, and they have all the sponsors in the world to show it!
Key Change: This season, the Mumbai Indians have their team initials (MI) embroidered on their jersey collar. This could be a permanent fixture on this uni.
VJ ANDY: Looks like blue really is the colour of choice. Well, minus the gold that is. You may be thinking it's a bit gangster but I say gangster is another thing entirely. This actually feels like an ice-skating uniform in the making. A little bit of tightening in the necessary areas, throw a pinch of sequins into the mix and lo behold--it's the IPL on ICE!
Seriously though, there's an insane overkill on the gold. I mean, what's next? Diamante?! A newly embroidered logo on the collar just isn't enough evolution for this uniform because I, for one, would like to be able to tell the difference between teams. And quite frankly, all this blue is making my eyes go funny!
Guylife Rating: 4/10
Stay tuned for the next uniform review coming this Friday, 11 May.
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