Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins re-joined Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for his second team with the franchise in IPL. Cummins, the most expensive overseas player in IPL history, will spearhead the fast bowling attack for the side. And he is happy that he doesn’t has to bowl to Brendon McCullum anymore.
Cummins will be playing under the coaching of McCullum at KKR. He admitted that the former New Zealand batsman was one of the best and the most feared hitters he came across in his career. He also added that McCullum could hit him for a six in the first ball of the match.
“The first thing that I am really excited about is that I don’t have to bowl to him anymore! He was one of the best and most feared hitters I have come up against in my career. It can be the first ball of the match and he might be hitting over your head for a six! So, I am happy that he is in my team as a coach and that I don’t have to bowl to him,” KKR’s website quoted Cummins as saying.
McCullum had a successful career as a captain and player for New Zealand. He liked to open the attack on the oppositions from the word go. Brendon McCullum had a ‘hit out or get out’ sort of temperament and his natural game benefited the Kiwis to the fore.
“He is someone I really admire for his fire. Whether it was his stint as the captain of the New Zealand team or his approach in the IPL clashes, I just love the way he goes about it. He really wants to put on the show and take the game on,” he added.
KKR emptied their pocket to buy premier Australia fast bowler in IPL 2020 auction. Pat Cummins was bought for Rs.15.50 crore from the base price of Rs.2 crore. In the process, he beat England all-rounder Ben Stokes’ price of Rs. 14.5 crore which he fetched from Rising Pune Supergiants in 2017, to become the most expensive overseas player in the history of IPL.
Cummins had earlier played for the franchise in 2014-15 and then only returned to the IPL in 2017 to ply his trade for the erstwhile Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals). He has played 16 matches in the IPL, picking up 17 wickets at an average of 29.35.