Renowned Indian fast bowler, Jasprit Bumrah, has made it clear that family comes first as he prioritizes reuniting with his mother over the highly anticipated World Cup showdown against arch-rivals Pakistan. Despite the allure of playing in the world’s largest cricket stadium in his hometown of Ahmedabad, Bumrah’s heartfelt sentiments place his mother’s well-being above all else. His devotion to family is a testament to his character and underscores the importance of personal connections for even the biggest cricket stars.
“I’ve been away for a while now. I’ll be happy to see my mother at home,” said Bumrah. This statement reflects his profound appreciation for the nurturing role his mother, Daljit, played in his life. Raised by her after his father’s sudden passing when he was just five years old, Bumrah’s commitment to his family’s happiness is unshakable.
Only after he reunites with his mother will Bumrah focus on the high-pressure match against Pakistan, which will take place on a ground where he has yet to play a one-day international. Nevertheless, he is no stranger to the imposing arena, as it serves as the home ground for his Gujarat IPL team.
“I have not played a one-dayer there but I have played a Test match. The atmosphere is going to be exciting. I’m sure a lot of people are going to come. So, it will be a sight to see. So yeah, hoping for the best over there,” expressed Bumrah, displaying his eagerness for the upcoming contest.
Despite his exuberance, Bumrah’s post-dismissal celebrations are also making headlines. His unique finger-to-temple gesture, used after claiming a wicket against Afghanistan, has been a topic of discussion. When asked if it was a tribute to Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford, a self-proclaimed fan of the football club, Bumrah clarified, “Nothing like that. I just felt like it, so I did it.”
While India savored their second consecutive victory, having previously triumphed over Australia in their opener, Afghanistan faced another loss. The defeat came in the wake of a previous loss to Bangladesh, and they currently occupy the bottom spot in the 10-nation standings.
Afghanistan’s star leg-spinner, Rashid Khan, who secured the only two Indian wickets, was brought into the attack in the 15th over, by which time India had already amassed a formidable total of 125-0. Coach Jonathan Trott, the former England batsman, explained that the decision to delay Rashid’s introduction was the captain’s prerogative, with Hashmatullah Shahidi opting for a gut feeling.
In the end, Bumrah’s personal priorities remind us that behind every cricketing hero is a heartfelt, human story.