Star Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah recently raised eyebrows with vague social media activity that suggests he is unhappy with his IPL franchise Mumbai Indians ahead of the 2024 season.
Bumrah posted an Instagram story stating “Sometimes being greedy is good and being loyal isn’t.” He soon deleted it, but followed up with another story saying “Silence is sometimes the best answer.”
These cryptic messages come after Mumbai Indians secured all-rounder Hardik Pandya in a massive ₹15 crore trade deal with Gujarat Titans.
Bumrah also unfollowed the Mumbai Indians official accounts on Instagram and Twitter, fueling speculation about his future with the 5-time champion franchise.
As one of the world’s top fast bowlers, Bumrah likely feels he deserves a salary higher than his current ₹12 crore contract, especially considering Pandya will earn ₹3 crore more next season. Bumrah’s social media activity suggests he is unhappy with Mumbai’s personnel decisions and salary allocation.
Bumrah’s Dominant IPL Career with Mumbai Indians
Jasprit Bumrah made his IPL debut for Mumbai Indians in 2013, playing just 2 matches. But he soon developed into a bowling phenom and has been a pillar of their attack ever since.
In 120 career IPL matches, Bumrah has claimed 145 wickets at an excellent average of 23.30 and an economy rate of 7.39. His unique unorthodox action and ability to accurately execute yorkers at high speeds have made him one of the most dominant white-ball bowlers of this era.
Bumrah played a key role in Mumbai’s championship seasons in 2017, 2019, and 2020 and helped them reach the 2022 final. He has the rare ability to pick up wickets in any phase of an innings.
With 2 four-wicket hauls and a best of 5/10, Bumrah will clearly be a sought-after player if tensions with Mumbai continue to rise ahead of the 2024 season. But as his Instagram activity suggests, the star pacer believes he deserves fair compensation for his loyalty and elite performances for the franchise.
Will Jasprit Bumrah join RCB?
The Jasprit Bumrah situation with Mumbai Indians has taken another turn, as the star pacer has unfollowed his franchise on Instagram and started following Royal Challengers Bangalore instead.
This move sparked an explosion of speculation among fans that Bumrah could potentially request a trade or be picked up by Bangalore ahead of IPL 2024 through the auction.
After cryptic posts suggesting unhappiness with his Mumbai contract, Bumrah seems to be going a step further in cutting ties on social media. No longer following his home franchise while specifically choosing to follow RCB has fans abuzz.
Many reacted with shock at the possibility of Bumrah bolstering Virat Kohli and company’s already stacked bowling attack. Some fans welcomed the potential move as a chance to strengthen RCB’s faltering title hopes.
Others implored Mumbai’s management to do whatever it takes to repair relations and retain their superstar pacer.
While nothing is confirmed yet, this latest online activity signals that Bumrah remains unhappy with his standing in Mumbai. By following RCB’s account, he may also be hinting at a preferred destination if his days with Mumbai Indians are numbered.