His selection for the most important six balls of the match stated one thing clearly: It's Jasprit Bumrah who's the strike bowler for MI now, and not Lasith Malinga, who's done the job admirably for the past nine seasons.
RAJKOT: Bowling the first super over of his life while defending just 11 runs for the Mumbai Indians against the Gujarat Lions in a humdinger between the two teams at the SCA Stadium on Saturday night, Jasprit Bumrah couldn't have hoped for a worse start.
It was the perfect yorker-the 'go to' ball for this seamer who just doesn't bend his arm while delivering the ball during his unique action, which beat Aaron Finch, but it turned out to be a no ball. The 23-year-old compensated for his mistake with another perfect yorker which went for a leg bye, but erred again by bowling a wide outside off stump to Brendon McCullum.
Not many would bet against batsmen like Finch and McCullum not being able to get the remaining eight runs off five balls, but all the youngster gave away was: 0,1,0,1,1. Bumrah had done the impossible, clinching a thrilling win for MI from the jaws of defeat.
Currently perhaps the best death overs bowler in the world, Bumrah confessed that he fine-tunes his yorkers during "specific death bowling sessions."
"I don't practice like how Malinga does it by keeping a shoe (which the Lankan ace then tries to hit with his toe-crushers'). I practice with him on how to bowl the yorker consistently, but I always have a death bowling session whenever I practice as it's important, because this is the time I bowl for Gujarat in domestic matches, for India and for MI. So constantly whenever I practice, I've a proper death bowling session," he explained.
Going into the Champions Trophy, Bumrah's superb form augurs well for the Indian team, which would hope that he delivers similarly telling performances which would make the difference in tight contests.