Expectations were sky high from Pat Cummins when he landed in UAE for the ongoing IPL after becoming the costliest overseas player in the history of the competition. But it is safe to say that the start from the Australia pacer is nothing less than a disaster. He went for as many as 49 runs in just three overs against Mumbai Indians.
In the previous auction, Kolkata Knight Riders went all out for the world number one Test bowler and spent a whopping amount of INR 15.5 crores to secure his services. And while only time whether he justifies the price tag or not, it is safe to say that the start has been absolutely horrific.
He struggled with his line and length throughout the game against the defending champions and was rightly taken to the cleaners by the batsmen. Such was his performance that he could not even complete his quota of four overs.
In his very first over of the season, Rohit Sharma hit him for two big sixes as he conceded 15. Captain Dinesh Karthik removed him from the attack straightaway and brought him back in the 15th over but it didn’t change his fortunes.
This time Saurabh Tiwary hit him for a four and a six as he went for 15 runs again. And his third over was even worse as he ended up conceding 19 runs to cap off a poor start with the ball in IPL 2020. Hardik Pandya hit him for two fours and a six while he also conceded two wides.
And as Pat Cummins was struggling on the field, the cricket fraternity took to Twitter to criticism his poor performance.
Here are some of the reactions:
— mthn handsome (@Being_Humor) September 23, 2020
World’s number 1 fast bowler and the most expensive purchase in the last auction — Pat Cummins — being taken to the cleaners. T20 can be brutally cruel
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) September 23, 2020
— Sim ~? (@jileapnizindagi) September 23, 2020
I don't know which team you are supporting, but this effort from Cummins should make you furious. #IPL
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) September 23, 2020
Not a single Yorker , nothing up there , same short delivery to natural pullers. Little disappointed with Pat Cummins:( #KKRvsMI
— Vikram Sathaye (@vikramsathaye) September 23, 2020
Cummins should do a film titled
"Yorker Mana Hai" #KKRvsMI
— Prithvi (@Prithvi1017) September 23, 2020
Cummins ??? pic.twitter.com/BJ7oGhd0B6
— Melo (@fcbnjeyy) September 23, 2020
— भटकती आत्मा (@iamGuman) September 23, 2020
Most expensive buy in 2020 IPL auction turning out be a most expensive bowler today ??♂️
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) September 23, 2020
Domestic cricketer mavi bowling better than cummins
— SM (@shounak_45) September 23, 2020