Jasprit Bumrah became the talk of the town last Sunday when he bowled that infamous ‘no-ball’ against Pakistan in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at The Oval. In his second over of the match, Bumrah bowled a full delivery on the off stump which angled across and took the outside edge of Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman which was safely caught by MS Dhoni.
As India celebrated the fall of a wicket, the ground umpire immediately asked for help from the third umpire to check the front foot of the bowler. The replays showed Bumrah has crossed the line and Zaman walked back to the crease to take the strike. Later, the southpaw went on to score his maiden international hundred in the crunch match that helped Pakistan to put on a huge total on board. Result: Pakistan won the match and lifted their first 50-over title after a gap of 25 years.
The 23-year old who is an integral part of India’s limited-overs setup was widely criticised for his big mistake and received a lot of flak from all the corners. In a recent incident, Jaipur Traffic Police body too tried to use the issue (no-ball fiasco) to generate awareness among the daily travelers and commuters through a quirky billboard ad. The traffic body used ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final ‘no-ball image’ as a campaign for road safety.
The image showed two cars behind a line on one side and Bumrah's no ball on the other with the caption: "Don't cross the line. You know it can be costly". The advertisement didn’t go down well with the 23-year old fast bowler who clearly seemed upset with the actions of Jaipur traffic police for making him a soft target.
@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
He took the help of his official social media account to express disappoint over the complete incident.
"@traffic_jpr well done Jaipur traffic police this shows how much respect you get after giving your best for the country." He added, "@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."
Soon after Bumrah's reaction, Jaipur police's official Twitter handle put out their side of the story and tried to sort the matter out with the young Indian pacer.
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
Later, the traffic police in Pakistan's Faisalabad city too used the fast bowler's image to warn drivers to stay behind the line at traffic lights. Bumrah is not a part of the Indian squad touring West Indies for five-match ODI series and one-off T20I.