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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: Since the inaugural edition of the IPL, the Rajasthan Royals have stuck with their royal-blue and gold theme. In a league with changing colors, this is oddly refreshing. The key to the longevity of RR’s team colors is the fact that their unis are generally subtle and well-designed. Of course, they do have the advantage of having a royal blue canvas!
When I first saw this team in action, I was not so sure about their logo--as it looked more like the trademark of a five-star hotel than a sports team. However, by now we’re all used to it and in fact, hold it in high regard thanks to the efforts of Shane Warne and now, Rahul Dravid.
Name And Number: RR sport gold player names and numbers on their backs. By now, we are familiar with the IPL’s secondary sponsor issue, which has forced player names to be buried under rather large numbers. Still, RR’s player names are legible. Besides, the numbers and player names add more gold balance to this uni.
Helmet: This is hands down the best looking helmet in the IPL--and possibly cricket! Unlike previous years, when RR went with standard royal blue domes, this year’s helmets have a very cool matte/metallic finish. The golden logo stands out on this helmet and the whole thing looks simply amazing! Despite sponsor mentions on the leading side and back, this dome is the boss of them all!
Cap: Unfortunately, their cap is not as outstanding as their helmet. Of course, you can’t really have a matte finish on a lid, can you? It also comes with the standard sponsor logos on the side and back. Plus, it has gold piping on both sides, which is quite unnecessary, in my opinion.
Pads: Royal-blue pads go well with this monochrome uniform. They add to the class that this uniform exudes.
Miscellaneous: Most seasons, RR has done well to ensure their sponsors’ logos flow with their threads. This is a huge ask considering the fact that not every logo can be aesthetically placed on a uni. The primary sponsor of this team, Ultratech Cement, gets a prominent mention on the chest but this in no way comes in the way of reflecting RR’s team spirit!
However, like all IPL teams, even RR has to deal with the awkward positioning of the secondary sponsor on the back. And just like most teams, that particular logo looks like it’s been stapled on for good measure!
Key Change: None.
Andy: RR's uniform is all about monochromatic fabulousness, even though I feel the caps could have been a different shade of blue. Gold always manages to punch without distracting. Aside from this, I always have a problem reading the jersey names as well, but that's a problem we see throughout!
Guylife Rating: 7.5/10
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