Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah    AFP
Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah AFP

As the ritual continues in the Indian T20 league, Mumbai were beaten by Chennai in the opening match of the tournament by 1 wicket at the Wankhede Stadium. Dwayne Bravo, who was the champion of the match, slammed 20 runs off Mumbai’s go to bowler Jasprit Bumrah in the penultimate over. That brought down the equation to 7 off 6 in the final over.

But skipper Rohit Sharma threw his support to Bumrah during a promotional event in Mumbai. He mentioned Bumrah is experienced enough to learn from his mistakes: “He is a very strong character. Games like this teaches you more as an individual and he has played enough now to understand how he needs to comeback from those situations. He also knows that there is a lot of pressure on him, as in responsibility. He is there to enjoy that moment, and he wants to take it up as a challenge. Games like this will happen but again, he will still be our best bowler.”

“Bumrah is one of the highest rated Indian death bowlers; anyone can have a bad day. We know it is not the end of the world and Mumbai Indians have always lost the first game and won the title. I hope it is the same this year,” he added.