Cricket World Cup: India pick orange colour for training kit

Ahead of their opening World Cup fixture against Australia in Chennai, Team India have got a new training kit that resembles the famous Dutch Orange that is sported by The Netherlands football team.

For a team that is fondly called Men in Blue, their training kits have had different colours in the past with red and grey used in the past. But over the past decade, they have mostly worn only blue colour, a slightly darker shade than their match colour.

However, this is the first time India have sported an orange colour training gear. During the 2019 World Cup in England with the ICC making it mandatory to have home and away kits, India took the field against the hosts wearing a saffron shade t shirt and navy-blue pants.

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Since the new kit partner Adidas came on board in June, India have been wearing a black training kit. The German manufacturer has also released new kit for the World Cup in the customary blue shade.

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This orange kit is likely to be used during the World Cup as the black colour is known to absorb more heat than the light colours, which could possibly be a reason for the change of colour.

India, who arrived in Chennai on Wednesday, had their first full-fledged training session on Thursday afternoon. Virat Kohli started with a throwdown session with head coach Rahul Dravid before facing a testing spell from Mohammed Shami.

R Ashwin too had an extended batting session in the nets as Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav rolled their arms at the other net to Shreyas Iyer.

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