Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah is all set to return in the first T20I of India’s fixture against Australia but ahead of the series, where he will aim to display another top performance as a warm-up before the World Cup begins later this year. Bumrah, who represents the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL), recently featured in what a unique promotional video for the upcoming 20-over format tournament. In the video, the 25-year-old can be seen issuing a warning to RCB and Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli.
“World best bowler? Not yet. Now I still have some work to do – scalp the wicket of the ‘world’s best batsman’ Virat Kohli. I’m coming Chiku bhaiya (brother) and this time, you are not even going to be in my team, ” he says in the promotional video where the warning is issued as light banter. The advertisement concludes with Kohli seeing footage of Bumrah with a serious expression.
Before Bumrah, it was Pant who started the drill of these promotional videos. “Mahi brother is like my Guru, had he not been there, maybe I wouldn’t have been a wicketkeeper-batsman. But this time in the Indian Premier League, I’m going to display such form that ‘Captain cool’ won’t remain so cool after all. Be ready Mahi, I’m coming,” he said, having a banter against MS Dhoni.
The cash-rich Indian Premer League (IPL) is all set to enthrall its fans world over from March 23 in Chennai. In the season opener, defending champions Chennai Super Kings will take on Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore at the iconic M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. According to the schedule announced by the Committee of Administrators (CoA) and BCCI, as many as 17 matches will be played from March 23 to April 5, with three double-header days on March 24, 30 and 31.
The IPL schedule was only limited to the first two weeks of the tournament since the dates for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections have not been announced. As the details of the Lok Sabha elections still awaited, BCCI stated that once the polling dates are decided it would “address any issues with the first two weeks and will also prepare a schedule for the remainder of the season working with the local authorities around the polling dates.”