5 worst jerseys in cricket history

Cricket is world’s second most followed sport. Fans are a passionate lot and the sport has seen many extremes from tattoos to cricket themed hair-cuts, from body paintings to make-over, cricket has seen it all. But the most common and easy way to show that one supports a side has been wearing the team jersey. Be it on field or catching the match on television, passionate fans wear jerseys and even inscribe their names just like the players do. Jerseys add to the style and teams and their designers have experimented enough with it. Paulami Chakraborty lists five jerseys that even the most passionate fans would think twice before sporting. READ: Top 10 best kits in cricket history

5. Royal Challengers Bangalore’s green jersey (Indian Premier League):

The Royal Challengers Bangalore team members wearing the "RCB go green" jersey
The Royal Challengers Bangalore team members wearing the “RCB go green” jersey © Getty Images

The star-studded Indian Premier League (IPL) team is loved by most but it has one feature which is not quite soothing. Each year, in one particular match, the Royal Challengers Bangalore team sports a light green jersey to support an initiative called “RCB go green”. Planting saplings is surely a noble deed and an appreciable gesture but when the players come out to play wearing that green jersey, they become barely visible considering the green grass. Also it’s too bright and not at all soothing to eyes.

4. Kochi Tuskers Kerala (Indian Premier League):

Kochi Tuskers players in the super-contrasting Orange-Purple outfit © Getty Images
Kochi Tuskers players in the super-contrasting Orange-Purple outfit © Getty Images

Just as green on green is jarring, an exactly contrasting combination doesn’t quite work as well. Kochi Tuskers Kerala played the IPL 2011. Apart from their miserable performance grabbed attention was their strangely designed jersey. An out of the box combination of bright orange and purple became an instant example of over-experimentation. What do you think?

3. Jamaica Tallawahs (Caribbean Premier League):

Chris Gayle stands out in the 'stunning' Jamaica Tallawah jersey © Getty Images
Chris Gayle stands out in the ‘stunning’ Jamaica Tallawah jersey © Getty Images

You can always expect the unexpected from the men from the Caribbean but Tallawahs outdid it. The Jamaican side which includes the true entertainer Chris Gayle won the 2014 edition. It was a super-hit performance However, the department they flopped was their jersey. What was their inspiration? Mangoes? Mosquito-nets?

2. Papua New Guinea (ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 qualifiers):

The Papua and New Guinea players with the unique fielding cap © Getty Images
The Papua New Guinea players with the unique fielding cap © Getty Images

Black, Yellow and Red — all are gorgeous colours to wear. But the Papua New Guinea jersey designer failed to put them together that well. To be fair, the jersey looks good when you draw its comparison with the team’s caps. It is good to have own unique style but in this case, the final output of the designer’s studio looked more like a dart-board.

1. West Indies (World series 1979-80)

The West Indies team of 1979 sporting the controversial pink jersey. Photo courtesy: BigRamifications Youtube channel
The West Indies team of 1979 sporting the controversial pink jersey. Photo courtesy: BigRamifications Youtube channel

No one beats this. This one jersey tops the list of bizarre. West Indies was a part of the World Series, an offbeat yet remarkable series, and their jersey amused the spectators as much as their performance. Described as “coral pink”, the idea was to have a jersey that signified the islands’ marine diversity but watching the world-beaters in pink was certainly more shocking than the whole novel idea of watching cricketers play at night. It attracted unwanted controversy too as commentator Tony Cozier said, “It’s a colour which carries strong homosexual overtones in the Caribbean.” In time to come the now-familiar maroon made its way.

(Paulami Chakraborty, a singer, dancer, artist, and photographer, loves the madness of cricket and writes about the game. She can be followed on Twitter at @Polotwitts)