Cricket is one of the most loved and played games in India. So if we were to say that cricket is a religion, that isn’t an exaggeration.
To ensure that the fans stay informed about the latest cricket news and on all matters connected to the sport, it’s important to bring something new for them. One glance at social media will suffice to see how knowledgeable each Indian fan of cricket is. For example, the Indian cricket team was recently discussed by fans on all cricket news platforms about their latest jersey and the three stars embossed on it.
If you take a closer look, you’ll see that the three stars are over the BCCI Logo across the jersey of Indian cricketers. We all know that each incident has a purpose, so is the situation with the three stars above the BCCI Logo.
First, let’s understand the story behind the logo on the jersey before delving into the stars. So, let’s go back a few decades in time.
The story behind the logo on the Indian cricket team jersey
The Board of Control for Cricket in India known as the BCCI is a governing body that oversees the growth of cricket across the country. It was founded in December 1928 as a “Society” established under Tamil Nadu’s Society registration act.
The BCCI has its constitution, which outlines the rules for the smooth functioning of the board. It includes regulations and guidelines for administrators and players.
The BCCI logo comes from the British Raj emblem containing the symbol of the “Order of the Star of India,” during the colonial era. The Star of India award was introduced in 1861 by Queen Victoria to show their gratitude to the loyal monarchs and princes from India during the war of 1857.
Who introduced the three stars on the Indian cricket team jersey?
Famous sports accessories manufacturer Nike had introduced three-star designs on the uniforms of Indian cricketers following India’s win in the 2011 World Cup.
Nike sponsors the kit for the Indian Cricket team. They even offer jerseys to the Indian cricketers for games as well as practice sessions. The rights to support the official kit were granted to Nike at the cost of Rs. 370 crore for five years, beginning in 2016 until 2020.
The story behind the three stars on the Indian cricket jersey
The main reason for the three stars on the cricketer’s shirt is to commemorate India’s three World cup victories to the present.
We know that the Indian team won their first World Cup after beating West Indies in the final match in 1983. The Indian team won this trophy under the captaincy of legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev.
The second World Cup win was in 2007 in South Africa against a formidable Pakistani side. The Indian team won the inaugural T20 World Cup.
Last but not least, the memorable six of M.S. Dhoni at the Wankhede Stadium in 2011 marked the third World Cup win for the Indian Cricket Team. This ended a 28-year long wait for India post their 1983 win to bring the ODI World Cup home.
Are there other teams following the same style on their Jersey?
It is worth mentioning that Australian cricket has been a winner of five World Cup titles so far. That is the reason why the logo of the Australian Cricket Team is adorned with five stars.
Why did the Indian cricket team have 1 star on their jersey in the T20 World Cup 2021?
When the Indian players took to the field during the T20 World Cup tournament, they had only a single star on their jersey above the BCCI logo. So the question is, why did this happen? We’re here to provide you with the information.
The single symbol on the jersey represents the only World Cup we’ve won in the history of T20 cricket. It was indeed the first T20 trophy under M.S. Dhoni back in 2007. In bilateral series and non-ICC tournaments, India wears three stars on their jerseys, representing the entirety of their WC wins irrespective of the format.
Therefore, after reading this article, we hope you will understand why three stars are placed above the Logo of the BCCI on the Indian cricketer’s shirt and its significance.