Jasprit Bumrah looks back at the time he sledged AB de Villiers and apologised later

I got AB de Villiers' wicket and then I went crazy, claims Bumrah

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Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo Source: BCCI)

One of the best death bowlers in the world, Jasprit Bumrah, in a recent interview looked back at the time he dismissed AB de Villiers in the 2014 edition of IPL and gave him an indecent sendoff. He later received a major backlash from the ABD fan club for his action. Bumrah, later took to Twitter to apologise for his action personally. He repeatedly mentioned about his affinity to remain calm on the field and not resorting to sledging.

The incident occurred during Mumbai Indians match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore at Wankhede Stadium Mumbai during the 2014 season. Bumrah was still finding his feet in franchise cricket while AB de Villiers was at his destructive best during those years. After dismissing the legend of the game, Bumrah couldn’t handle his emotions and gave him a mouthful when the Protean was on his way back to the pavilion.

I got AB de Villiers’ wicket and then I went crazy, claims Bumrah

“I usually don’t sledge. I try to do my own business. In IPL, I got AB de Villiers’ wicket and then I went crazy and said all kinds of things but he didn’t see. But he must’ve watched it on TV inside the room” quoting Jasprit Bumrah from his recent interview with ‘What the Duck?’.  He then stated that he received a lot of backlash from ABD fans for his actions on the field.

“So then after that, I got a lot of spanking and spraying from people that you know ‘what is this?’ ‘you are sledging AB’ ‘he is our God’ ‘who are you?’ ‘first play international cricket’ ‘what do you think of yourself?’. I realised people got very serious about this. I wasn’t even that serious. Then after that. I anyways don’t do a lot of sledging, so I was calm.” added Bumrah. Right after the game, Bumrah tweeted: “@ABdeVilliers17 sorry for the behaviour .man anger makes me do stupid things”.


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