The maximum focus would arguably form on Pat Cummins in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Pat Cummins became the highest-earning overseas player in this year’s IPL auction as he fetched a jaw-dropping INR 15.5 crores from the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). As far as safety is concerned, the Australian speedster feels confident about the measures in place.
Pat Cummins, who is currently in England fulfilling his international commitments, has become one of the most improved players in recent times. In early 2019, the 26-year old climbed to the top of the Test rankings for bowlers and played an integral role in Australia topping the T20I rankings too. While Cummins is a tenacious bowler, he might struggle in the sub-continent; however, his skills are equally useful.
Pat Cummins underlined that in terms of safety, he has got no worries at all, hearing about the measures they have taken to protect the tournament, players, and staff is enormous. He also added that in England, they have resorted to the same and expects the same to be in the UAE. Cummins understands that it would feel different from the IPL they play every year; however, he hopes for the intensity to remain the same.
“In terms of safety, I have got no worries at all, hearing about the length that they have gone to protect the tournament, the players, staff, it is huge. Here in England too, no stones have been left unturned, we feel really safe and I am sure that it is going to be the same in the UAE as well from whatever I have heard. I know it is going to be a bit different to what an IPL normally feels like, but I hope the cricket is the same,” Cummins stated as quoted by Hindustan Times.
Pat Cummins addresses the mental challenge of playing in a bio-secure bubble:
The New South Wales speedster continued saying that it would indeed be a challenge to stay that long without families, including the English tour and IPL. He reckons that preparing for every game and handle themselves is going to be crucial.
“In terms of the mental challenge over here, for sure, it is a long tour and when you add the IPL, you probably go on, especially without seeing your families. The important thing is you have to be prepared and come up with a game plan to manage yourself,” the 26-year old added.