As I write this article, I am still trying to make sense of what happened last night in the IPL final between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.
The seesaw match was crazy till literally the last ball; but in the end, the cup was claimed by Mumbai Indians by merely a run.
While it's somewhat tough to chose one player who stood out in this clash of equals, Jasprit Bumrah becomes the clear choice when performance, persistence and most importantly team spirit are taken into account.
Irrespective of whether you love or hate @mipaltan, you just can't help but admire @Jaspritbumrah93. Whattay bowler with such a cool, mature attitude👌👍🌟 No showy tantrums! His death bowling skills are second to none in world cricket now.— Kaushik LM (@LMKMovieManiac) May 12, 2019
India's trump card this #CWC19 #Bumrah
Bumrah bowled the second-last over of the match and had the crucial role of not giving away runs for able CSK batsmen to score in the final 6 balls. He almost succeeded, too.
I usually have a lot of words. But I don’t have any that can accurately describe how brilliant Bumrah was today. Boom boom! @Jaspritbumrah93— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) May 12, 2019
In the first five balls of the over, he conceded only 5 runs and took 1 wicket; before wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock misfielded and the ball went for the boundary. This gave CSK a huge advantage and de Kock a huge heartbreak.
What a miss by #Quintondekock 4 runs by him now 9 runs in one over— Ashish movies review (@AshishJ54785286) May 12, 2019
In a pressure situation like this - after given it your all - it would have been completely understandable for a bowler to get angry at the fielder. But not our man, Bumrah. He did exactly the opposite.
Sensing Quinton de Kock's disappointment after committing such a big blunder, Bumrah went and comforted his teammate. The two also exchanged some words before the final over was played and their side ended up winning the cup by a whisker.
My respect for Bumrah just went up enormously. After that shot of his conversation with de Kock.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 12, 2019
Twitter couldn't stop praising Bumrah for this lovely gesture in such stressful times.
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
Bumrah after Chahar Dropped Watson & de Kock conceding 4 byes.— Aditya (@forwardshortleg) May 12, 2019
He just smiled. Lesser bowlers would have lost their cool & abused players.
He conceded just 8 runs in 2 death overs. That's why Bumrah is the best in the world.
India is lucky to have him.#MIvCSK #IPL2019Final pic.twitter.com/NuZuenUX7y
Dhoni’s run out was the biggest of several turning points! Game kept swinging like a pendulum! Thrilling to watch!— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) May 12, 2019
Bumrah showing why he’s the best in the game!
Malinga redeeming himself with a solid over when it mattered most! 🏆🔵🏆🔵🏆🔵 #MIvCSK #CSKvMI #IPL2019Final🏏
Not just a great bowler. But a great human being too. This moment is actually what makes Bumrah a champion. pic.twitter.com/EIMxeC9t17— A (@BhokalTweet) May 12, 2019
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
This is the moment. There can be only one Bumrah in the 🌍. pic.twitter.com/zRnXXidvyg— Johns (@CricCrazyJohns) May 12, 2019
When de Kock’s miss off Bumrah cost Mumbai Indians 4 byes in the penultimate over, the final seemed lost. And then this happened. There’s the average international sportsman, and then there’s Bumrah. Class. #VivoIPLFinal pic.twitter.com/O6yFKBjY1x— Ajesh Ramachandran (@Edged_and_taken) May 12, 2019
Bumrah really earned my full respect today _/\_ pic.twitter.com/p2PgPJ4VDR— Shashank Thala (@Chingakutty) May 12, 2019
This shows how mature Jasprit Bumrah has become. When de Kock missed the ball and it went for 4, he went out to him and told him it's okay, it happens in pressure situations like finals.👏#CSKvMI #IPL2019Final #MIvCSK pic.twitter.com/4tEWQTtlui— V I P E R™ (@TheViper_offl) May 12, 2019
Bumrah is a champion. He went upto Quinton and calmed him down. Champion bowler.— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) May 12, 2019