'It means a great deal, the pandemic has been such a shock, we are just grateful to come back and play cricket, something we love.'
After storming to the title in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians pacer Jasprit Bumrah said they desperately wanted to break the jinx of winning the title every two years.
Holders Mumbai Indians outclassed Delhi Capitals by five wickets with eight balls to spare in the final in Dubai on Tuesday, to win their fifth IPL title.
Mumbai had emerged IPL winners in 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2019.
Captain Rohit Sharma led from the front as he stroked 68, while Trent Boult claimed three wickets as Mumbai dominated the final to emerge winners for the second year in a row.
"Very happy, we have worked hard, we started preparing before others, we worked through the process. We wanted to break the jinx of winning every two years. Very happy as a team. It means a great deal, the pandemic has been such a shock, we are just grateful to come back and play cricket, something we love," Bumrah told Star Sports after the win..
Bumrah went wicketless in the final, but he finished the tournament with 27 wickets from 17 matches -- the second highest in this IPL, only behind Delhi Capitals' pacer Kagiso Rabada's tally of 30 wickets.
"We are just happy we could bring back some smiles to the people back home, it's been a tough few months. From the first game, I felt my rhythm was up, when I bowled the Super Over here (in Dubai), I felt I could execute against AB (de Villiers) and Virat (Kohli). Since then, my confidence went up, I just wanted to keep things simple and repeat the basics every time," said Bumrah.