Jasprit Bumrah is the latest sensation as far as Indian pace bowlers are concerned. He has established himself as a permanent member in the limited overs formats through his deadly Yorkers and slower deliveries. He showed his talent when he helped Mumbai Indians defend 13 runs in an IPL Super Over.
However, he has been on the receiving end of criticism off late due to his habit of over-stepping with some sections of the media potraying Bumrah as the ultimate villain.
During the final of the Champions Trophy, Bumrah dismissed Pakistani opener Fakhar Zaman caught behind off a no-ball when the batsman was on a score of 3. Fakhar made full use of the lifeline given to him and went on to score a spectacular 114 for which he received the Man of the Match award.
India ultimately lost the match by a mammoth 180 runs against their arch-rivals.
He was criticized by many for his habit of over-stepping and some called it the turning point of the match as an early wicket could have broken the backbone of the Pakistani batting. While a certain amount of criticism is justified, Jaipur Police went a mile ahead and put up an advertisement which had the picture of a couple of cars standing behind the Zebra crossing at a traffic signal on the left side and an image of Bumrah overstepping during the final on the right side. The two images were accompanied by a text which read “Don’t cross the line. You know it can be costly.”
The advertisement received mixed responses as some people were bemused by the way Bumrah was insulted while others found it pretty funny and applauded the advertisement calling it witty.
Jasprit Bumrah, who has been rested for the West Indies series, decided to give a fitting reply to the Rajasthan Police. He was not too happy with the advertisement and was visibly hurt. He sent out an unapologetically strong message to the Jaipur Police and the public through Instagram and Twitter which stated, “well done Jaipur traffic police this shows how much respect you get after giving your best for the country. But don’t worry I won’t make fun of the mistakes which you guys make at your work because I believe humans can make mistakes.”
It is understandable that Bumrah has been offended by this gesture of the Jaipur Police as indeed, the players have given their best for the country on the field. The Indian pacer has been spectacular with the ball and one bad day should not be making him such a huge villain.
He was right to lash out to this mockery and made an extremely valid point. We all make mistakes and it would not be fair to make someone a scapegoat just because he couldn’t deliver the goods on that day.
Ironically enough, the Jaipur Police has itself crossed the line while advertising about how crossing the line can be costly.