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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: After a lacklustre start to their IPL adventure in 2011, the Pune Warriors India seem to have decided to shed their black threads in favor of a dull blue uni. While the basic template of their kit remains the same, the color is different. I preferred the black threads as they complemented the secondary color, which is grey. Grey and dull blue is not a great combo!
Like last year, the three stripes of Adidas on the jersey are placed on a grey background and they represent India's colors--saffron, white and green. There is also some faint piping on the side panels of the jersey, which is not prominent at all. And the trousers have a downward pointing spear-shaped white panel on either side.
Name And Number: Player names and numbers on the PWI jersey are in bold white. And as is the norm in IPL this year, the secondary sponsor’s logo is perched atop the back side of the jersey and player names are a mere afterthought that lies at the very bottom, under the large numbers.
Helmet: PWI is the only team in the league that has only one sponsor on its helmet. The Sahara logo on the back does not interfere with the rest of the helmet. However, they should persist with the same logo they use on their cap--the warrior’s silhouette without the team name!
Cap: Their cap sports the standard Adidas IPL template--one solid color and three stripes on the visor. Of course, in PWI’s case, the three stripes are saffron, white and green.
Pads: PWI’s dull blue theme is adopted on their pads as well. This doesn’t really add--or take away--anything from the overall look of the kit.
Miscellaneous: The primary sponsor logo (TVS) on PWI’s jersey flows with their overall look. In fact, it even adds a cool white element to a dull blue uni. But when it comes to the secondary sponsor’s logo, I feel they should’ve not gone with the sticker effect. Instead they should have had the logo screen printed in colors that complement the dull blue of the uni--similar to TVS in front!
Unlike most teams in the IPL, PWI has a sponsor’s logo on only one of their trouser legs--the back and not the leading leg as is normally the case. But some of their players do have duct tapes on their trousers’ leading legs--possibly to cover a misplaced logo!
Key Change: The fact that they now wear a dull blue uni.
VJ Andy: At first glance, I think I’m watching a 20/20 match, but on closer inspection the nightmare unfolds. Ghastly combinations of cyan blue with grey? Why?! Ok, I like the idea of the patriotic Adidas stripes but in this case the designer should seriously be taken to court for such bad usage of the Indian flag!
It's a pathetic shrugging off of losses, combined with a splash too much! Not to mention it feels like the old uniform template has been made into a line drawing and children have been allowed to colour them in at break. To be honest though, I fear that might have actually yielded better results in this case!
Guylife Rating: 3.5/10
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