MUMBAI: Jasprit Bumrah slammed the Jaipur traffic police after a hoarding in the city, aimed to raise traffic awareness, took a dig at the Indian pacer’s no-ball to Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman in the ICC Champions Trophy final, eventually playing a part in the team’s humiliating 180-run defeat at the hands of the arch-rivals.
The billboard read: “Don’t cross the line. You know it can be costly”, with a picture of Bumrah overstepping when the Pakistani opener was caught behind by wicketkeeper MS Dhoni. However, Fakhar was recalled after replays showed that Bumrah had bowled a no ball and the southpaw went on to score a century as Pakistan posted 338 for four in their 50 overs.
Bumrah was not amused by the advertisement and he took to Twitter to express his displeasure. “@traffic_jpr well done Jaipur traffic police this shows how much respect you get after giving your best for the country”, he tweeted.
He fired another tweet: “@traffic_jpr But don’t worry I won’t make fun of the mistakes which you guys make at your work .because I believe humans can make mistakes”. The Jaipur police have decided that it will take down the hoarding in the city promoting road safety awareness with a meme on Jasprit Bumrah’s no ball against Pakistan, a day after cricketer slammed the move on twitter.
Both Bumrah’s tweets instantly went viral and garnered more than five thousand retweets, prompting the Jaipur traffic police to apologise profusely to the cricketer.
“Dear Jasprit Bumrah, our intent was not to hurt your sentiments or the sentiments of millions of cricket fans,” the cops tweeted.