Jasprit Bumrah — the pacer of Mumbai Indians had been a mainstay in Indians’ bowling attack. He has taken over the mantle from Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga according to all-rounder vice-captain Kieron Pollard. Lasith Malinga, who is the highest wicket-taker with 170 wickets in IPL history, had opted out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) citing personal reasons.
The Sri Lankan pacer was a key member in the bowling unit of Mumbai Indians. Kieron Pollard’s comment came after Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) defeated Mumbai Indians after the end of two back-to-back Super Overs at Dubai International Stadium on Sunday.
Jasprit Bumrah Is A World-Class Cricketer: Kieron Pollard
However, in the first super over against KXIP, Jasprit Bumrah had conceded just five runs and Mumbai Indians looked set for a comfortable victory. Still, Mohammad Shami took the game into another super over as scores were tied in first Super Over.
“He’s (Bumrah) a world-class cricketer. He has been number one in a couple of formats for a long period of time. He has learned and has gone leaps and bounds for us at Mumbai Indians in a run of while and so. We have comfort in him. A couple of years ago, we had a fit and fair Lasith Malinga and he (Bumrah) has taken over that mantle now and so,” said Pollard during the post-match press conference.
Jasprit Bumrah has picked up 97 wickets in 86 matches averaging 25.24 while in IPL 2020 he has 15 wickets in nine matches averaging 17.86 including IPL career-best figures of 4/20 against Rajasthan Royals.
Kieron Pollard: Mumbai Indians Batted Well, But There Is Room For Improvement
In the first Super Over, Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock came out to bat and were not able to score 6 runs to take the team over the line. In the second Super Over, Kieron Pollard helped Mumbai Indians score 11 runs, but it was not enough for the duo of Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal.
“Obviously there are decision-makers to make the decision, you know we can look at those things and say that’s where we lost the game but we played a very good game of cricket. We batted well and getting to 170 odd and bringing the game to the last over,” said Kieron Pollard.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians are at second spot with 12 points, two points short of front-runner Delhi Capitals who have 14 points.
“Just a matter of improvement, each and every time we step on the cricket field is to improve and to do better. We will look back and analyze the game and we will come up with a better plan and hopefully get two points in the next game,” said the all-rounder.
KL Rahul won the man of the match award for scoring 77 runs off only 51 balls with seven fours and three sixes.
Mumbai Indians will next lock horns with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Friday.