Pat Cummins, the Australian fast bowler, failed to make the ball do the taking in the best of his capability in the limited-overs series against England. However, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) coach Brendon McCullum has put his faith in Pat Cummins to come out good for the side during IPL 2020.
McCullum said that Cummins was an important buy for KKR during the IPL 2020 auction. He also added that the Australia fast bowler was a key buy for the side and he has the ability to pick up early wickets.
“Indian bowling attack does lack a little bit of experience in terms of game time but they have got an incredible amount of talent as all of them can bowl more than 140 kms an hour. They work really well together as a unit,” McCullum said in a virtual press conference.
“Really important selection in the IPL auction was of Pat Cummins. I think he is a key buy when it comes to overseas bowlers. For us, it was also about his ability to take early wickets. I am really content with the unit we have got,” 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.