Ranking the IPL Teams by Their Kits

Antoinette Muller@mspr1ntFeatured ColumnistJanuary 8, 2014

Ranking the IPL Teams by Their Kits

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    When it comes to cricket kits, the Indian Premier League has dished up a few gems.

    Some teams have kept it simple while others have gone all out with the flash and trimmings.

    There is no way to rank the kits without any sort of bias, so please share your thoughts in the comments about your favourite and least favourite kits of the IPL.

Special Mention: The Worst Kit Ever, Royal Challengers Bangalore's Green Strip

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    This was all for a very good cause. The Royal Challengers Bangalore went green to help raise awareness about the impact we have on our environment.

    That doesn't mean it doesn't look a bit silly.

    When the jersey was first unveiled, Royal Challengers Sports Pvt Ltd Director Sidhartha Mallya spoke about the importance of cricketers when it comes to spreading the word about protecting the environment. 

    "Cricketers are heroes and role models for millions of fans, and therefore are the right ambassadors to spread the message about protecting the environment," Mallya was quoted as saying by the Deccan Herald

8. Sunrisers Hyderabad

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    Since changing from the Deccan Chargers to the Sunrisers Hyderabad, this franchise has gone from having one of the nicest kits to having the worst.

    Designers obviously thought "sun" had to be incorporated into the design and that has resulted in a gradient monstrosity featuring on the shirt itself.

    As sporting kits go, this is by far one of the most hideous ever. 

7. Chennai Super Kings

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    They might be one of the most successful IPL teams, but their kit isn't all that hot.

    Yellow is not a good colour on anybody, never mind a yellow top-to-toe outfit. A select few players, such as MS Dhoni pictured here, do make the yellow work, but for the most part, it's distracting. 

6. Kings XI Punjab

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    At the opposite end of the too-bright-to-handle kit is the dull and dreary kit from Kings XI Punjab.

    As a collective, it looks just a little bit too "baseball team" and even though the IPL is all about the big hits, it just doesn't look quite right. 

5. Mumbai Indians

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    Simple is good when it comes to cricket kits and the Mumbai Indians have a wonderfully simplistic design.

    The gold trimmings help to slim down those cricketers who aren't quite so trim themselves while it also adds a little bit of pizazz to a kit which is quite ordinary. 

4. Delhi Daredevils

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    Another straightforward design effort, the Delhi Daredevils kit provides the right amount of contrast to not be too in your face.

    Blue and red are the colours most of the IPL teams opt for and the Daredevils mix the two together quite well. There's no flash gold or silver trimmings and it's identifiable without being outlandish. 

3. Kolkata Knight Riders

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    Wherever Shahrukh Khan is involved, there will be a little bit of drama. The Kolkata Knight Riders' kit bends the rules of conformity with purple and gold as its colours and falters only with the often ridiculous gold pads.

    Somehow, though, the players make it work. If only they could add some more silverware to their cabinet to match the flash. 

2. Rajasthan Royals

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    Another plain and simple blue ensemble, the royal blue matches the Royals in name.

    There is only so much you can say about a plain and simple blue kit, so for this one: It's ace because the likes of Rahul Dravid make it look so incredibly Blue Steel. 

1. Royal Challengers Bangalore

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    Not enough teams wear red in cricket.

    Yet red can be such a warming and enticing colour, and it can make teams look like they mean business.

    Although they later added gold sleeves to this kit, which made the players look like something out of the ancient Roman empire, the plain red version is quite snazzy.