Jasprit Bumrah has opened up on prospects of leading five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians in the IPL in the future, saying that he does not want to chase the role for personal satisfaction. However, Bumrah admitted that he will not shy away from the responsibility if MI ask him at any point.
India’s premier fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah is yet to captain any side in cricket, whether it is in international circuit or in domestic level. Though he recently served as a deputy to KL Rahul in a Test match and the ODI series in South Africa, and is currently the vice-captain of the ongoing T20I series against Sri Lanka.
In a recent conversation with Ravinchandran Ashwin on the latter’s Youtube channel, Bumrah called himself a " Mumbai Indians loyalist", and opened up on captaining the five-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions.
“I don't like to chase things because I don't want to. See I am a person who believes that God has a plan and everything will find its own way, so I don't like to hamper things that are there. I never try to change anything. Whatever role is asked of me I would do it with the best ability that I can. I don't want to change the whole organisation, you are always a leader when you are a senior member of the team so it's just a post that comes with you,” Bumrah said.
“Basically, you try to help all the people in whatever capacity you can. Even in Mumbai Indians, you have got a lot of senior players but now I am one of the senior players as well so you help the captain, you help everyone, you play the leadership role even when you are not asked to. That's how I look at it. I never want to, you know, just for personal satisfaction have that okay I want to be in this I have to be the captain. It's just a post, it's just a name, you have to do your job and you have to help people in the best way you can,” he added.
However, Bumrah assured that if MI ask to lead the franchise at one point in the future, it would be an “honour”, and he will not step back.
“Yes, if given an opportunity at any scenario, it would be an honour and I would never ever shy away from that, but it is something that I don't go looking for, that is how I look at the leadership aspect of the game," Bumrah concluded.