Jasprit Bumrah Unfollows Mumbai Indians On Social Media, Posts Cryptic Story Fueling Rumours of Rift

Cricket fans are buzzing with speculations after Jasprit Bumrah’s cryptic Instagram post on Tuesday, where he wrote, “Silence is sometimes the best answer.” The post follows the confirmation of Hardik Pandya’s return to the Mumbai Indians IPL franchise on Monday. While some fans are dissecting Bumrah’s social media activity, suggesting a potential rift, others dismiss it as baseless conjecture.

Bumrah, a key player for Mumbai Indians since his IPL debut in 2015, has been an instrumental force, contributing to four IPL title victories in 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020. However, the recent social media frenzy includes screenshots of Bumrah allegedly unfollowing MI on Instagram, fueling speculations about his future with the team.

The crux of the speculation revolves around Bumrah’s desire for captaincy post-Rohit Sharma’s tenure and his supposed discontent with Hardik Pandya’s return affecting this aspiration. The IPL 2022 saw Bumrah sidelined due to a back injury, but MI retained him during the player retention show on Sunday.

Interestingly, MI traded Cameron Green to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), a move that surprised many given Green’s impressive performance last season. The logical inference is that Hardik Pandya’s return influenced this decision, as both players occupy similar roles. The IPL trading window remains open until December 12, leading to the possibility of Bumrah being traded to another team before the IPL 2024 player auction on December 19.

Notably, MI released several players, including Tristan Stubbs, Duan Jansen, Jhye Richardson, Ramandeep Singh, Raghav Goyal, Arshad Khan, Hrithik Shokeen, and Sandeep Warrier (brought in as Bumrah’s replacement). Chris Jordan replaced the injured Jofra Archer, Riley Meredith took Jhye Richardson’s spot, and Cameron Green was traded to RCB, adding further intrigue to MI’s squad dynamics.

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