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IPL 2019: Jasprit Bumrah assuring De Kock at crunch moment in final wins hearts

In a high-octane match for any bowler, it could have been a moment of despair but not for Bumrah, the India pacer kept his calm.

Jasprit Bumrah and Quinton de Kock
Jasprit Bumrah and Quinton de Kock. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Mumbai Indians (MI) pacer Jasprit Bumrah got accolades for his magnificent spell with the ball in the final match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Hyderabad on Sunday. The pacer took 2 for 14 in the final to help his side clinch its fourth IPL title in seven years, beating the Chennai Super Kings by just one run in the title clash.

However, besides his performance with the ball, the 25-year-old Bumrah also impressed with his on-field temperament during the high-pressure final. In the 17th over, CSK opener Shane Watson (80 off 59 balls) skied one off Bumrah but Rahul Chahar, who was fielding at deep mid-wicket, put it down despite running in hard. It should have been a simple catch but Bumrah kept smiling, empathising with the youngster in such a tense moment.

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Bumrah walked up to the keeper to assuage him

It did not end there for Bumrah either. In the 19th over which was the skiddy pacer’s final in the game, he conceded just five runs and took the wicket of the dangerous Dwayne Bravo. However, the final delivery of the oversaw the wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock failing to stop the ball from going to the boundary as four byes.

For any bowler, it could have been a moment of despair but not for Bumrah. Even as the wicket-keeper was upset, the bowler was seen walking up to the former, chatted with him and even shared a laugh with him before going away. The final over was bowled by Lasith Malinga and he did a good job in restricting the CSK a run short of the MI’s total.

The social media was bowled over by Bumrah’s cool composure in the dying moments of the game and besides the Indians, former cricketer Mohammad Kaif and cricket commentator and analyst Harsha Bhogle lauded Bumrah.

This was the second time that the MI won an IPL final by one run and also the second consecutive time. In 2017, they defeated Steve Smith’s Rising Pune Supergiant by a similar margin in the title clash and that side had also featured Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

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