Virat Kohli will captain India in ODIs for the first time since MS Dhoni's retirement against England © Getty Images
Virat Kohli will captain India in ODIs for the first time since MS Dhoni’s retirement against England © Getty Images

Right before the limited-overs matches with England at home, Team India members got a brand new jersey. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted a picture of cricketers MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana wearing the new jersey from their official Twitter handle on Thursday. The old limited-overs jersey has been modified and upgraded.. This version has features that lessen the distraction that is a whole new addition, and has improved mobility and breathability. They also spoke about their journey and how sports in relatable to one’s life.

Talking to bcci.tv, India skipper Kohli said, “We have always been told to treat life and sport differently, which is very wrong. On the field, we are encouraged to take risks but then in life you need to be safe! It’s a huge gap that needs to be bridged. Cricket has taught me everything I know about life. I truly believe that sport helps shape your character as an individual; all you need is to believe in yourself. The self-belief that I learnt on the field makes me believe that I can accomplish anything on or off the field.”

 

Former captain Dhoni said, “The game has been evolving over the years and the need to have kits that are designed to suit the modern game has always been the priority for the team management and Nike. Features like the 4D quickness and Zero distractions will definitely help the team on the field.”

India Women’s Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) skipper Harmanpreet Kaur said, “I started playing cricket with the boys and I loved the sport from the first time I held a bat. People didn’t want me to play cricket, they said you don’t have a future in it. Surrendering under pressure I attended a hockey camp but that just reinstated my love for cricket. I believed I could play for the Indian team one day; but first I needed to play in a women’s team to get noticed. The biggest struggle was to get 11 girls on the field to make a team; I remember even coaching the girls at every practice session.”