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Fans Slam BCCI For Spoiling New Jersey With Ads, Call It BYJU’s Vs Australia Instead of India

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Fans Slam BCCI For Spoiling New Jersey With Ads, Call It BYJU’s Vs Australia Instead of India

The Indian-Australian ODI series has started today (Nov 27) in Sydney with the first ODI being played at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The matches will be played in the closed stadiums with no spectators since the coronavirus pandemic is still far from over and gathering of audiences inside the stadium will increase the risk of spreading the lethal virus.

In this series, the Indian cricketers will be wearing the newly designed jersey which is based on the retro theme. The new jersey which is inspired by the jersey of 70s is of navy blue color instead of sky blue. Recently, the Indian opener and the left-handed batsman Shikhar Dhawan took to Twitter and gave a glimpse of the new jersey.

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He captioned the photo as, “New jersey, renewed motivation. Ready to go.”

However, the new jersey annoyed netizens because of the ad placements and people called the jersey as an advertisement banner instead of the national jersey. The sponsors MPL Sports and BYJU’s have been given a lot of space because of which many feel that the Australian cricket team will be playing against BYJU’s XI rather than the Indian cricket team. MPL Sports, the fantasy app, is the new kits sponsor of the Indian cricket team as it has signed a three-year 120 crore plus revenue sharing deal with BCCI. Earlier, Nike was the kits sponsor of the Indian cricket team.

Fans were very unhappy with the new design and they slammed BCCI left and right for ruining the Indian jersey. Here are some of the selected reactions:

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On the other hand, the Australian cricketers will also be wearing new jersey in the T20 series against India. Cricket Australia took to Twitter and posted a photo of Mitchell Starc wearing the new jersey and the netizens just loved it.

As far as the first ODI is concerned, the host won the toss and decided to bat first. This decision was proved correct after David Warner and Aaron Finch gave a superb start. While David Warner scored 69, Finch got out after scoring a century (114). Steve Smith also helped his team in putting a big total of 374 by scoring a ton (105) and Glenn Maxwell came up with the blistering knock of 45 for which he played only 19 balls.

Till the time the article was written, India was in a difficult position as they have lost 3 wickets for just 85 runs. Mayank Agarwal, skipper Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer have returned to the pavilion while Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul are on the crease.

Target of 375 seems difficult for India now but cricket is an unpredictable game so let us just keep our fingers crossed.

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