There is something about nostalgia that is so pure and wholesome. You are taken back to times when the world wasn’t as fast and the only thing you had to worry about was what time you could go out to play with friends. This might be the major reason why no sooner had MPL Sports come out with the retro-style Indian cricket team’s jersey for the tour to Australia in 2020-2021, there was a mix of nostalgia among Indian cricket’s followers. The design of the jersey was a stark reminder of the 1992 season when the Indian team participated in the Benson & Hedges World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

In fact, such was the hype with the retro jersey launch that members of the 1992 World Cup, most notably wicket-keeper batsman Kiran More, put out a tweet wearing his 1992 jersey. More claimed the new jersey had brought all the fond memories of the tournament. “As the great Richie Benaud would say on air: simply superb,” he stated.

Other social media users were also excited about the new jersey, with some complimenting the design and rating it as the best jersey Indian cricket had ever sported.

India is currently all set to embark on a limited-overs tour to Sri Lanka where they will once again put on the glorious retro jersey in the three ODIs and three T20Is. But what makes this current Indian retro limited-overs jersey stand out?

  • The reason why the current Indian jersey is so well-liked is not tough to identify. The 1992-feel jersey will always remain special for Indian fans alike since the ’92 World Cup was the first time that teams had sported coloured jerseys. All previous editions of the World cup had teams wearing the then-usual, white Test match jerseys. It was a clean design with pattern colours, and it still looks dashing.

The ‘Navy 92’ jersey has more often than not featured in the top three jersey designs that Team India has worn. Although the superstitious Indian fan would run away from it, claiming that India’s run in the 1992 World Cup was far from being perfect, from a neutral point of view, the jersey has always been a classic.

  • Retro can be defined as a form of styling that is imitative or consciously derivative of lifestyles, trends, or art forms from the historical past, including in music, modes, fashions, or attitudes. In popular culture, the “nostalgia cycle” is usually for the two decades that are 20–30 years before the current one. Going retro necessarily is soaked in nostalgia, paying tribute to a golden age. But what makes the current Indian jersey so special that makes fans go crazy? Well, because they are attached to our memory, to our heroes and to their heroics. The jersey is a reminder of our own past lives and our emotional entanglements with the team, the event, or the era.
  • Even the cricketers love the Retro look. The 90s were the best, weren’t they and the jersey evokes nostalgia even for the cricketers, a lot of them, who were learning the tricks of the trade back in ‘92. All it took for the Indian fans to fall in love with the retro jersey was a tweet by Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan. The Delhi-based cricketer took to Twitter to post a photograph of him wearing MPL’s new design jersey. No sooner had he done that, and Indian fans were soaked in memories of the colours worn by the team during the 1992 World Cup. Just have a look at the social media pages of the Indian cricketers and you will often find them flaunting the exquisite retro jersey.
  • The fans absolutely adore it. In fact, such was the response of the retro jersey from Indian fans that when MPL Sports launched their website for fans to buy the jersey for themselves, the website crashed because of the sheer number of orders it got. The history of the game and the evolution of cricket in India hold a special place in everyone’s hearts. Most fans in their mid-30s and early 40s would have witnessed India wearing the shiny navy blue jersey in 1992 and it comes as no surprise that as soon as MPL Sports brought back the retro design for Team India, fans flocked in huge numbers to buy it.
  • Different varieties of the Retro jersey. On MPL Sports you will find a huge variety of Team India Retro jerseys. There are Player Edition jerseys which is the exact jersey that Team India wears on the cricket field. There is also a Fan Edition jersey which is a match of the original retro jersey and comes at a lower price. In addition, you can find a number of other jerseys which will really look good in your wardrobe.

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