It was not the ideal start for Pat Cummins at Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 as the costliest buy at the auction leaked aplenty in his first match of the season against Mumbai Indians. However, it took him only a couple of days to prove why he is regarded as one of the top bowlers across all formats.
Questions were asked of Pat Cummins’ hefty price tag — Rs 15.5 crore after he had an off-day against the Mumbai Indians. In 3 overs, Cummins leaked 49 runs and captain Dinesh Karthik did not even give him his full quota of overs.
However, Pat Cummins was at his best for Kolkata Knight Riders in their 7-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday in Abu Dhabi. Opening the bowling for the Dinesh Karthik-led side, Cummins got the big wicket of Jonny Baristow for 5 as early as his 2nd over.
Cummins was unplayable in his opening spell as he got the ball to nip around and caused trouble for the 2 established Sunrisers Hyderabad openers. After an on-field call against Bairstow was overturned, the England batsman got a beauty from Cummins that saw the ball nip back and hit the top of off-stump.
Cummins finished with figures of 19 for 1 in his 4-over quota as Sunrisers Hyderabad were restricted to just 142 in 20 overs. KKR were able to gun down the target with 2 overs and 7 wickets to spare as they registered their first win of the season.
“He is worth double. He is worth it. Pat Cummins is a confidence player like most fast bowlers. Obviously, he got a little bit of tap in the 1st game. He proved he can be economical and take wickets when needed,” Brett Lee told Star Sports.
“It’s the beautiful line and length, with that wonderful seam position gets a bit of nibble. He is a class act.”
What changed for Pat Cummins against SRH?
Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris lauded Pat Cummins and pointed out that Kolkata Knight Riders did the right thing by giving the Australian fast bowler the new ball against SRH, unlike the game against MI.
“He is a class player. You knew he was always going to come back and come back well. Slight change of role, they had operated as a third seamer (against MI) in the back half of the powerplay. Not tonight, they gave the new ball and got it to nibble around.
“They acknowledged that the skills of the Sunrisers batting, their strength is the top order. So KKR brought their best bowlers on to try and break the opening stand and put pressure on the middle order. The middle order got under pressure and they failed,” Styris said.