Jasprit Bumrah played a decisive role in this final of the just-concluded final of the Indian Premier League (IPL). In a game which was marred by mistakes from either sides, it was Bumrah who displayed his class to power Mumbai Indians to a record fourth IPL title. Every time a Mumbai Indians bowler was taken to the cleaners, Rohit Sharma turned towards Bumrah and he duly delivered.
With just 150 runs to defend against the defending champions, Mumbai Indians needed a special effort with the ball and Bumrah led the charge brilliantly. In the 4th over, Krunal Pandya went for 14 runs. Rohit handed the ball to Bumrah to bowl the fifth and he conceded just five runs. He came to bowl again in the eleventh over and did even better, conceding just one while picking the wicket of Ambati Rayudu.
But the best was yet to come. The game was heading towards a tight finish and Rohit saved Bumrah’s two overs for the last and perhaps that was the decision that turned the game in Mumbai’s favour. In the 16th over, Lasith Malinga went for 20 runs as Shane Watson went for the big shots. But Bumrah brought back Mumbai in the game by conceding just four runs in the 17th over.
In the 18th over, Krunal Pandya ended up conceding 20 with Watson hitting three consecutive sixes. Bumrah then came on to bowl the 19th and impressed again. The right-arm pacer conceded just five runs to keep the contest alive. Malinga then defended the 9 runs in the final over to restrict Super Kings to 148 for 7, thus helping Mumbai win the game by just 1 run. Bumrah ended the game with impressive figures of 2 for 14 and was named the Man of the Match.
Following the game, Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh hailed Bumrah as the best bowler in the world. The two were interacting with each other and the clip was posted by IPL on their official Twitter handle.
'Bumrah, world's best' – Sachin and Yuvi@sachin_rt and @YUVSTRONG12 were unanimous in their opinion of @Jaspritbumrah93 , while weighing in on @mipaltan's 3rd #VIVOIPL final win over their arch-rivals. #MIvCSK By @28anand & @RajalArora
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 12, 2019
Pandya, meanwhile, came across the tweet on Monday and was quick to reply. The ever-humble pacer from Gujarat thanked Tendulkar while writing:
“I am Speechless thank you sachin sir ?”
I am Speechless thank you sachin sir 😊
— Jasprit Bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) May 13, 2019