Amid claims English players are called out to the Indian Premier League to play a merely supporting cast-type role, Jason Roy went some way to silencing those critics on Saturday.
With the Mumbai Indians meeting the Delhi Daredevils as the only two win-less teams in this young IPL tournament, the stakes were high for the star-studded squads.
Batting first at the Wankhede, the Indians racked up runs at quite the pace. Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis laying a strong platform for the reigning champions. Ishan Kishan added 44 to take the total to a healthy 194/7 from their allotted overs.
In response, the Daredevils showed resolve early. English international Jason Roy came out swinging for the rope, and would do so in a way that kept him around at the crease too. Support came initially from captain Gautam Gambhir, then Rishabh Pant.
Alongside Shreyas Iyer, Roy made a push for home. With one ball remaining in the match and the scores level, the superb Surrey star lofted the ball high over the tight ring of fielders, and gave Delhi their first win of the tournament.
A marvellous 91* saw six fours and six sixes, and one of the best innings of the tournament so far.