In IPL 2018, Mumbai Indians have kept themselves afloat in the tournament. In the game played at Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday, the home side defeated Kings XI Punjab by three runs in another last-over thriller. It was Jasprit Bumrah’s miser spell in the middle which helped the side to seal the victory and move in the top-4 positions of the IPL 2018 points table. Bumrah snapped up three wickets, including that of KL Rahul (94 from 60-ball), for just 15 runs in his quota of four overs.
The match-changing spell was appreciated by skipper Rohit Sharma who equated the young pacer with Lasith Malinga. The Sri Lankan pace bowler was part of the Mumbai Indians for 10 editions, a mentor in the 11th, and he is also the leading wicket-taker of IPL history. It is a pretty tall order for the 24-year-old Indian bowler to be compared to the Sri Lankan veteran bowler and Rohit Sharma believes that he is filling his shoes ‘perfectly’.
“Bumrah has come a long way the past two years. He’s worked really hard on his bowling. Not easy to come out and bowl the way he does. He’s the one who’s taken the responsibility,” MI Skipper said in his post-match presentation ceremony.
On being asked about the void left by Malinga, the skipper was of opinion that the sling arm action bowler is definitely missed in the squad but Bumrah has done well to take charge.
“Always, Malinga will be missed, but since he’s gone, we’ve known Bumrah is the one to take the charge. He might not be up there in the wickets column, but what he does for us is very very important,” Rohit Sharma said. “Coming out and bowling at difficult times to a batsman who’s set, that’s what we require from him.”
Mumbai Indians posted a moderate 186 for 8 in the stipulated 20 overs riding on Keiron Pollard’s 23-ball 50. They were able to defend the total as they restricted the Kings XI Punjab side for just 183 for five in their quota of 20 overs despite KL Rahul’s valiant effort. The win kept MI alive in the tournament and they remain in the contention for a playoffs berth
Rohit Sharma lauded his squad for playing the “perfect game”. He said: “I thought we played a perfect game. Whatever we asked from the boys, they came and delivered in the middle.”