The banter amongst cricketers is escalating with each passing day of the quarantine period. Social media presence of players has increased exponentially in the last month, in the absence of sporting action.
This time around, it was Mumbai Indians’ duo of Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah, who joined hands to troll their Indian teammates Yuzvendra Chahal and Rishabh Pant.
While hosting an Instagram Live session, Bumrah told his MI captain, Rohit, that Pant wants to take him on in a six-hitting competition.
To which Rohit savagely replied, “Ek Saal hue nahi inko team mein aaye hue, ye six-hitting competition lagayenge.”
Hitman has hit that out of the park, again! 😂👌
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 2, 2020
The two then turned towards Chahal who kept responding with his comments during the chat session.
“If we face off against RCB in a match, I want to bowl against Chahal. I’ve told him I need to bat above him in the batting order. The day he hits a six, I will go below him.” Bumrah told Rohit.
To which, Hitman talked about Chahal growing confidence since hitting a glorious shot in England. However, Rohit wanted Chahal to be wary of an interesting stat which would instate the claim of Bumrah batting higher in the order.
“Even I feel you (Bumrah) should save an over and bowl against him (Chahal). Ever since he hit a straight drive in England, he has become a bit overconfident. We should tell him that he hasn’t hit a six in international cricket yet while you have hit a six against the No. 1 bowler in the world (Australia’s Pat Cummins),” Rohit justified.
Finally, Rohit hit the final nail in Chahal’s coffin when the spinner commented about Mumbai Indians in need of a leggie.
“If the Mumbai Indians were losing, we would miss him. But we are winning now, why will we miss him? Chahal should sit in Bangalore, that’s the ideal situation for him,” replied Rohit hilariously.
Both Rohit and Bumrah along with Hardik Pandya were retained by the Mumbai Indians prior to the mega-auctions of 2018. MI used their Right to Match card to retain Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya, ensuring the core was protected in the squad.
The four-time IPL champions were scheduled to defend their title in the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), earlier scheduled to commence from March 29.