The “new jersey” virus seems to be spreading across the Indian Premier League, as the Lucknow Super Giants have just announced the release of a second jersey for the 16th season of the competition. LSG, who are now in their second season in the IPL, changed the colour of their shirt in preparation for IPL 2023.
Krunal Pandya is now leading the charge. This progression will see him following in the footsteps of his younger brother, Hardik. On Monday, Hardik captained the Gujarat Titans in a home game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. The team wore a lavender shirt instead of their usual grey one.
Super Giants will wear two jerseys for the next IPL season, joining GT and Royal Challengers Bangalore as the only other teams with this practice. Since 2011, when the IPL introduced two additional franchises, RCB has worn a green shirt for one of their afternoon home matches.
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Today, Lucknow will wear a maroon jersey (with green stripes) modelled by that of Indian Super League team Mohun Bagan Super Giant for their last league match of the season against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens.
Sanjiv Goenka (Chairperson, RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group) is the proud owner of both the cricket and football teams. Goenka previously owned the Rising Pune Supergiants for two IPL seasons (2016–2017) before acquiring any of these teams.
Since Kolkata is home to the football club, Krunal Pandya and his teammates will wear replicas of the home team’s jerseys in an effort to win over more supporters away from their hometown. Super Giants are wearing this uniform for the first time in this historic arena. However, it is unclear whether this is a permanent change or a one-off.