'Captain Ki Baat Sunta Hai'?: Jasprit Bumrah Wins Hearts, Turns Translator For POTM Rinku Singh
Following the second T20I between India and Ireland at the Malahide Sports Club in Dublin, Jasprit Bumrah stole the hearts of cricket fans around the country with a wonderful gesture for Rinku Singh.
Bumrah went to Rinku's aid in the post-game presentation ceremony, demonstrating to the world that he is a leader by his acts.
Rinku made an early impact in his first innings of international cricket and was selected player of the match.
Rinku demonstrated why he is viewed as a long-term finisher for the Indian white-ball team with a quick-fire 38-ball knock that contained two boundaries and three sixes.
Rinku's blitz enabled India post a big 185-run total and finally achieve a 33-run victory to grab an unassailable 2-0 series lead. Earlier, Ruturaj Gaikwad had a half-century for India, and Sanju Samson had an explosive 40 off 26 balls.
Rinku stated after receiving the POTM award that he would only feel comfortable speaking in Hindi. Bumrah decided to step up and act as interpreter for his youthful teammate and presenter, Alan Wilkins.
Bumrah and Rinku also shared a lighthearted moment when Bumrah asked Rinku, "Captain ki baat sunta hai (Do you listen to your captain?)" after Wilkins inquired if he listens to the captain or moves at his own pace. "I listen to the captain (smiles)," Rinku answered.
Rinku attributed his immediate success in international cricket to ten years of hard effort and said that he was confident in himself at this stage following his IPL heroics.
"I'm in a nice mood. I was attempting to replicate my performance in the IPL. I was confident and tried to remain cool. For the past ten years, I have been putting in long hours. My efforts have been rewarded with such donations. "I got Player of the Match in the first game I batted, and I couldn't be happier," Rinku remarked.
Bumrah's captaincy abilities are clearly being recognised in India, and he has a good chance of being appointed vice captain for the Asia Cup and World Cup.