Jasprit Bumrah explains why Zlatan Ibrahimovic is his role model

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Indian speedster Jasprit Bumrah confessed his fondness for legendary Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic because of the fact that he shut his critics time and time again. On Wednesday, the pacer appeared in a live chat with his teammate Rohit Sharma on Instagram when he revealed this secret before thousands of his fans.

“I love Ibra. I can relate to his story that people did not take him seriously and then he became a star. I can relate as I think people took me lightly initially and then I proved them wrong, I am still trying,” Bumrah told Rohit.


The 26-year-old grabbed the limelight on his IPL debut against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore with his unorthodox bowling action. Since then his superb death bowling along with blistering super-fast pace has left fans and pundits all over the world bamboozled.

However, in his early days, Bumrah was thrown under the bus for his weird action. But in his words, Lasith Malinga, his Mumbai Indians teammate, helped him through that difficult period.


“The communication was difficult initially. He taught me the mindset when he gets hit, he smiles. I used to get annoyed at the beginning but he explained there is no point getting angry,” Bumrah said via Instagram live.

With the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League postponed amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis; Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma said that he is eager for the tournament to begin soon again because of the new exciting players at his disposal.

“We were excited with the team this time. Was very much looking forward to this year. We had a lethal new-ball bowling combination with you and Trent Boult. And we added Chris Lynn in our batting lineup.”

“We have all our bases covered this year. But it’s ok we can’t control such things,” he said.

The IPL 2020 was postponed until April 15 amid the COVID-19 scare, but with the announcement of a 21-day nationwide lockdown, the cancellation of the tournament looks inevitable.