Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins delivered exceptional performance for KKR in the IPL 2020 fixture against SRH on Saturday. Cummins bowled at an economy rate of 4.80 as he gave away merely 19 runs in his stipulated four overs and picked up a wicket. His phenomenal performance comes after he was criticized for poor run in the first game.
Cricket fans had questioned his INR 15.5 crore price tag after his poor run in the inaugural game for KKR. Australia pace legend Brett Lee, however, believes that Cummins is worth his price tag, in fact, he is worth double of it. Lee also added that Cummins is a class act.
“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.”
KKR had 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). Before IPL 2020, Cummins played 16 matches, picking up 17 wickets at an average of 29.35.