IPL Final, MI vs CSK: Jasprit Bumrah wins hearts with his gesture after Quinton de Kock’s miss almost cost MI the title
IPL Final, MI vs CSK: The ball burst through de Kock’s hands in what seemed a fairly regular take and raced away to the boundary for four byes which brought CSK’s equation to 9 off 6. But Bumrah showed no signs of anger and instead consoled de Kock with a broad smile.Updated: May 14, 2019 08:37 IST
Good physique, aggression, speed, control, swing, variation, presence of mind... You label someone as a very good fast bowler when all these fit in one frame. Jasprit Bumrah’s name comes to mind instantly for he uses all these qualities at different points of the game or sometimes combines them all in one over to snatch improbable wins for his side on a regular basis. But Bumrah also possesses something which very few fast bowlers have in the modern game – a heart of gold well complimented by an icy cool mind. Bumrah gave a first-hand account of both during the nerve-wracking IPL final between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings on Sunday, which his side MI won by 1 run to clinch their fourth IPL title.
Things were different in the penultimate over though. Bumrah, after bowling five terrific balls went for the back of a length delivery to Jadeja. It was a nightmare for the left-hander, who had just walked into the crease after Bravo’s departure. The ball fizzed past his bat before Jadeja could even react, he had no clue. But unfortunately for Mumbai Indians, neither did wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock.
The ball burst through de Kock’s hands in what seemed a fairly regular take and raced away to the boundary for four byes. Nothing short of a sin at that point of time. Those four precious runs brought CSK’s equation down to only 9 runs from 6 balls.
Bumrah should have been furious, he should have flung his arms in disgust and perhaps would have been excused even if had to share a few ‘words of wisdom’ with his wicket-keeper. But he did none of that, he was disappointed alright but he did not let it get the better of him. Instead, he walked to de Kock, who was perhaps searching for a hole to dive in anyway, wrapped his arms around the South African’s shoulders and consoled him with a broad smile.
All of this was took place when the last over was yet to be bowled, CSK were still the favourites with just 9 required from 6 balls.
As it turned out, Malinga bowled a dream last over to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat for MI.
Bumrah’s great gesture drew praise from all quarters.
My respect for Bumrah just went up enormously. After that shot of his conversation with de Kock.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 12, 2019
For me this was the best moment of the entire #IPL2019 . With the trophy on line , Quinton de Kock lets one through and it races to the fence . A distraught de Kock thought he had spilled the cup. Jasprit Bumrah the bowler walks up to him and puts an arm around .— Anish Ancil (@anishancil) May 12, 2019
ABSOLUTE CLASS. pic.twitter.com/HnAHTKlgSh
If you’re a young player and looking at Bumrah as an idol, don’t just look at his bowling. Look closely at his reaction to De Kock and Chahar’s slip ups. It’s not just the game you play, it’s how you play the game 🙌— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) May 12, 2019
Massive respects to bumrah— Sachin Tendulkar f© (@Sachin_rt_200) May 12, 2019
best moment of the match when Bumrah goes tand talks to De Kock after he failed to collect that ball of jadeja.. Bumrah is gem of a person. #IPL2019Final #MIvCSK #OneFamily @Jaspritbumrah93 you beauty man .. @QuinnyDeKock69 well done champ 💙💙 pic.twitter.com/C1J6qLtRuq
Jasprit Bumrah (2/14) was absolutely amazing on the night of the finals.— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) May 12, 2019
Never the one to use expletives on the field he showed his class when Rahul Chahar dropped Watson’s catch. Bumrah smiled. When de Kock conceded 4byes went up to him and consoled. Class#IPLFinal
Brilliant calmness under pressure from Mumbai. Bumrah's gesture when De Kock missed the last ball and it went for 4 Byes showed his maturity and calmness and Rohit also handled the pressure extremely well. Well tried Chennai. But congratulations Mumbai on a 4th title #MIvCSK— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) May 12, 2019
All class from Bumrah. To actually console De Kock despite that lapse at that stage.— Shashank Kishore (@captainshanky) May 12, 2019
That was actually not the only occasion when Bumrah gave an account of his maturity. In the 17th over of the match, Rahul Chahar at deep square-leg dropped Shane Watson off Bumrah’s bowling. But there was no sign of anger from Bumrah. He just smiled and walked back to his mark. If Chahar had taken the catch then the match might not have gone so close. Bumrah and millions of MI fans however, would like to believe that ‘all’s well that ends well.’
First Published: May 13, 2019 10:54 IST