Bumrah is India's T20I specialist Image: AFP
India pacer Jasprit Bumrah is livid at Jaipur police's attempted humour at the no-ball he bowled to Pakistan batsman Fakhar Zaman in the ICC Champions Trophy final.
The no-ball in question might be the very epitome of 'what may have been' for Bumrah and India team in their humiliating loss to arch-rivals Pakistan in the high-intensity clash at the Oval.
With Pakistani openers Fakhar and Azhar Ali just settling in, Bumrah seemed to have given his team the all-important breakthrough after getting Fakhar to inside edge a delivery which carried to MS Dhoni behind the stumps.
However, umpire Marais Erasmus adjudged the delivery as a no-ball as Bumrah stepped over the line. Fakhar, who was on single digits at the time, went on to score a brilliant century which was the catalyst to Pakistan's triumph.
Despite the sensitive nature of it, the Jaipur police decided to use a picture of Bumrah overstepping the crease for a traffic advisory hoarding urging drivers to stop before the traffic lines. "Don't cross the line. You know it can be costly," read the hoarding along with the picture of Bumrah's no-ball.
Bumrah, who has been rested for the West Indies tour, seems to have come across one of these banners and took to Twitter to communicate to the Jaipur Police Department that they were the ones stepping over the line with their misguided campaign.
"@traffic_jpr well done Jaipur traffic police this shows how much respect you get after giving your best for the country," Bumrah wrote in a tweet which had a picture of the controversial hoarding attached.
The pacer followed it up with another jibe at the coppers and wrote, "@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."
@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— Jasprit bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) June 23, 2017
Bumrah's tweets sparked a social media backlash against Jaipur police which drew a prompt apology from the department.
Dear @jaspritbumrah93, our intent was not to hurt your sentiments or the sentiments of millions of cricket fans.— Traffic Police JPR (@traffic_jpr) June 23, 2017
.@jaspritbumrah93, we only intended to create more awareness about traffic rules.— Traffic Police JPR (@traffic_jpr) June 23, 2017
.@jaspritbumrah93, you are a youth icon & an inspiration for all of us.— Traffic Police JPR (@traffic_jpr) June 23, 2017
Well, Jaipur police's intent might have been noble but the cheeky attempt was definitely unsavoury.