Chennai Super skipper MS Dhoni on Wednesday revealed the “all-new” jersey for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) commencing on April 9.
The franchise took to Twitter and released a short video in which skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni could be seen launching the new jersey. The latest outfit features camouflage as a tribute to the country’s armed forces. It also has three stars atop the franchise’s logo to denote the three titles won in 2010, 2011 and 2018.
“The camouflage on the shoulders is bordered with gold bands that signify the high standards set by the team both in terms of consistency and fair play – CSK won the IPL fair play award six times in 11 seasons. The three stars denote the three IPL titles won in 2010, 2011 and 2018. Super Kings qualified for the playoffs in 10 seasons and made it to the final eight times,” the franchise said in a statement, adding that the jersey is being redesigned for the first time since the inaugural 2008 edition.
“It has been on our mind for some time now to find ways to raise awareness about the significant and selfless role of the armed forces. The camouflage is an appreciation of their service… they are the true heroes,” the franchise’s CEO KS Viswanathan said.
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It is worth noting that MS Dhoni, the franchise’s captain since the first season, is now an honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army and also trained with the Parachute Regiment in 2019.
Earlier in the day, CSK all-rounder Suresh Raina arrived in Mumbai for the 2021 IPL. The all-rounder posted stories on his Instagram account that started with him getting inside the airport, landing in Mumbai and then starting his quarantine period in the city.
A few members of the Delhi Capitals’ squad, including pacers Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav, leg-spinner Amit Mishra and all-rounder Lalit Yadav assembled at the team hotel in Mumbai. The players arrived in Mumbai on Tuesday and they will now undergo quarantine until March 30.
Chennai Super Kings will start their season against runners-up Delhi Capitals at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 10.