Recently Jasprit Bumrah became the first Indian pacer to claim the top spot in the ICC Test bowling rankings. In response to the development, cricketing world was abuzz with congratulatory messages. However, Bumrah’s response on social media stirred up a storm, leading to a Twitter roast that had fans talking.
As fans flooded social media with congratulatory messages, Bumrah took to Instagram to share his bold reaction. In a cryptic Instagram story, he posted an image of an empty stadium with the text ‘The Support’ overlaid, contrasting it with a packed stadium overlaid with ‘The Congratulations’ text. This seemingly indirect dig at fans who had trolled him during his low phase sparked a heated exchange on social media.
Last year, Bumrah faced significant criticism and trolling for missing important tournaments due to injury. Sarcastic memes and comments questioning his commitment circulated widely on various social media platforms. The Instagram story appeared to be Bumrah’s way of addressing those who had not supported him during challenging times but were quick to offer congratulations now.
However, Bumrah’s strong message didn’t go down well with the fans. Several fans took to social media to express their disappointment with the speedster’s apparent lack of appreciation for the support he receives. Some argued that criticism comes with the territory of being a top athlete, while others highlighted the resilience shown by other cricketing legends in the face of adversity.
“Another insecure cricketer ever... Bro you didn’t got support, coz you didn’t play WT20 and missed out international cricket for 06 months,” wrote a fan.
“People even trolled Virat a lot when he was not scoring centuries and was in bad form but he did not create such a story about getting in form. This is Bumrah’s arrogance speaking. A successful person will have to listen to both criticism and criticism,” wrote another fan.
In response to Bumrah’s post, a third user commented, “I will support when he is not injured in an ICC Event and if he chooses to opt out of the IPL for Rest and Recuperation like Aussie Seamers.”