Australia’s ace speedster Pat Cummins has opened up on the performance pressure, having fetched a massive amount in the IPL auction. Pat Cummins proved to be the most expensive cricketer in the 2020 IPL auction as the Kolkata Knight Riders shelled out INR 15.5 crores. The right-arm paceman claimed that just because a bowler has gone for enormous amounts does not mean the ball starts swinging a bit more.
Pat Cummins’ IPL 2020 did not begin as desired as he leaked 49 runs from three overs without any scalp in Kolkata Knight Riders’ opening game against Mumbai Indians. Nevertheless, he recovered well enough to take 12 wickets in 14 matches at 34.08. The Knight Riders decided to retain Cummins for IPL 2021 and would be hoping he elevates his performances.
Pat Cummins underlined that playing professional cricket anywhere comes with massive pressure since coming off a good game expectation is to do again. Furthermore, if a player endures a poor outing, one must do well in their next fixture. The New South Wales speedster underlined that a massive price tag brings a different kind of pressure and one has to manage it. Nevertheless, the conditions do not become favourable if a cricketer goes for massive amounts and one only tries to do their best
“Whenever you play professional cricket anywhere, there will be lots of pressure. If you are coming off a good game, there is pressure to do it again; if you are coming off a bad game, there is pressure to perform. I guess the auction brings another kind of pressure. We just got to try and manage this. Just because you have gone for more money doesn’t mean, the ball suddenly swings more or the wicket is suddenly greener, or the boundaries are bigger. It’s the same playing field, so I just try to concentrate on what I do well. I guess that’s what is going to bring about the best success for KKR while I’m here,” Cummins said in a chat on KKR’s Youtube channel.
It makes me feel lucky to have that backing from the coach: Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins also stated that he feels fortunate to have Brendon McCullum as his coach, having played a bit against him as well. Thus, the 27-year old claimed that he was delighted to work with the former Kiwi captain and enjoys the backing he earns from him.
“It makes me feel lucky to have that backing from the coach. He is also someone that I have played quite a bit against. So, for him to have that kind of regard, I feel really lucky to have. This was the thing I was most excited about – to come over here and work with him,” he added.