Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

After Mumbai Indian’s transfer deal with star all-rounder and Gujarat Titans captain Hardik Pandya, premier pacer of the Mumbai based franchise Jasprit Bumrah had shared a cryptic post.

Bumrah’s post on Instagram read, “Silence is sometimes the best answer.”

The post immediately went viral all over social media with Mumbai Indians fans fearing that Hardik’s deal has thrown a wrench in Bumrah’s desire to take over the captaincy duties from Rohit Sharma. Some even fear that Bumrah might want to leave Mumbai Indians.

Responding to the speedster’s post, former India cricketer Kris Srikkanth feels that Bumrah has been left hurt by Mumbai Indians re-signing Hardik ahead of the 2024 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

As per Srikkanth, Bumrah must have felt that Mumbai’s decision was unfair and that there was no need to celebrate the return of Hardik when a player like him stayed back with the franchise throughout his IPL career.

“You can’t find another cricketer like Jasprit Bumrah. Be it Tests or white-ball cricket, he is one of the best going around. He gave it his all in the World Cup. And as you said, in the fifth Test against England, he was the stand-in Test captain in 2022. He might have regrets. He would have been hurt. He must be feeling that he stayed back with MI but the franchise is now celebrating someone who left and came back. ‘You are making him the biggest thing on earth’. He might feel it’s not fair,” said Srikkanth on his YouTube channel.

“Similar thing happened with Ravindra Jadeja at Chennai Super Kings (CSK). However, the team management and the captain came in and sorted out everything. In my opinion, what will happen is... I am sure the team management will sit with Pandya, Bumrah, and Rohit and sort out things,” the former great added.