Mum First Priority: Bumrah's Heartfelt Statement on Family and Commitment

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Mum First Priority: Bumrah’s Heartfelt Statement on Family and Commitment

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In the midst of the cricketing frenzy surrounding the much-anticipated World Cup clash between India and Pakistan, star fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has made a heartfelt statement that puts family before fame. Bumrah, who is set to play in his hometown of Ahmedabad in front of a colossal crowd of 132,000 fans at the world’s largest cricket stadium, has declared that his first priority is reuniting with his mother.

After delivering an impressive performance with figures of 4-39 in India’s convincing eight-wicket victory against Afghanistan, Bumrah expressed his deep longing to see his mother after a prolonged period away. Raised by his school principal mother, Daljit, following the sudden demise of his father when he was just five years old, Bumrah’s bond with his family remains unshakable. He stated, “I’ve been away for a while now. I’ll be happy to see my mother at home. I’m going to see her. That’s the first basic thing for me.”

Only after reuniting with his mother will Bumrah shift his focus to the high-stakes clash against Pakistan. Despite the grandeur of playing at a ground where he has not yet participated in a one-day international, Bumrah is familiar with the imposing arena as it is the home of his IPL team, Gujarat.

Reflecting on the upcoming game, he remarked, “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.”

Bumrah, a self-confessed Manchester United fan, celebrated a wicket in the match against Afghanistan with a unique gesture, raising his right index finger to his temple. However, he clarified that it wasn’t a tribute to United striker Marcus Rashford, saying, “Nothing like that. I just felt like it, so I did it.”

As India celebrates two consecutive wins in the tournament, Afghanistan finds itself at the bottom of the 10-nation standings following a defeat to Bangladesh. Star leg-spinner Rashid Khan, who managed to take the only two Indian wickets to fall, entered the attack in the 15th over when India had already raced to 125-0. Coach Jonathan Trott, the former England batsman, acknowledged the captain’s decision to introduce Rashid into the attack late and hinted at a potential strategy reevaluation.

Reference

https://www.thedailystar.net/sports/sports-special/icc-cricket-world-cup-2023/news/mum-first-priority-pakistan-says-bumrah-3441141

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20231011-mum-first-priority-before-pakistan-says-india-s-bumrah

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