Mumbai Indians’ coach Mahela Jayawardene could not have asked for a better night than they had on Tuesday as his side brushed aside Delhi Capitals to lift their fifth IPL trophy. It was Mahela Jayawardene’s third IPL trophy as a coach as Rohit Sharma’s men defended the title successfully. And after the final, the former Sri Lankan captain had a message for paceman Jasprit Bumrah.
Last year after winning IPL 2019, Mahela Jayawardene underlined that the IPL trophy is all that matters, pointing out they do not have the purple or orange cap. For his 670 runs, Kings XI Punjab KL Rahul took the Orange Cap in IPL 2020 and Delhi Capitals’ speedster Kagiso Rabada earned the Purple cap for his 30 wickets in 16 matches.
Nevertheless, Mumbai Indians’ paceman Jasprit Bumrah was inches within toppling Rabada. Bumrah had an outstanding tournament and was integral to their chances of lifting the trophy; however, went wicketless in the final. Delhi Capitals put Mumbai into bowling first in the tournament-decider after winning the toss and of the seven wickets that fell, the 26-year was not amongst those. However, he was economical and threatening enough, finishing with figures of 4-0-28-0 and ended with 27 victims.
“Thank you for not taking it to the last ball” : Mahela Jayawardene
Mahela Jayawardene began by thanking the playing eleven for not stretching it to the last ball as they did in 2019 against Chennai Super Kings. The former right-handed batsman does remember his words from 2019 about not caring about the Purple cap or Orange Cap but only the trophy. However, Lasith Malinga, who could not play for the Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020 for personal reasons, wanted Bumrah to win the purple one. Nevertheless, Jayawardene said he would take the title over those any day.
“Thank you for not taking it to the last ball [like in IPL 2019 final against CSK]. But remember we said that, I mean last year I said no Orange no Purple Cap but Boom [Bumrah], Mali [Malinga] wanted you to do that [win the Purple Cap]. Close Enough. But I’ll take this any day,” the 43-year old the MI camp after their victory.