2019 has ended on a stunning note for Pat Cummins as the Australia pacer has become the most expensive overseas signing in IPL history. His former IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders secured his services for the next season for a whopping amount of INR 15.50 crore. The signing amount was a full crore more than what Rising Pune Supergiant spent on Ben Stokes in IPL 2017.
Former India batsman Yuvraj Singh holds the recognition of being the costliest player of all time. He was bought for INR 16 crore by Delhi Capitals (then Delhi Daredevils) in 2015. The Knight Riders swooped in with a bid only at the INR 15 crore mark just after Royal Challengers Bangalore appeared to have won a fierce bidding war with the Delhi Capitals.
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Cummins has represented the Knight Riders in the past, playing four games for the franchise between the 2014 and 2015 seasons. The right-arm pacer, who is currently the top-ranked Test bowler, has also plied his trade for Delhi. Overall, he has taken 17 wickets from 16 IPL games at an economy of 8.29. He, however, has an impressive economy rate of 6.78 in T20Is.
Along with Cummins, Australia’s Glenn Maxwell also hit the jackpot. Maxwell, who along with Cummins had skipped the last IPL due to World Cup, was signed by his former team Kings XI Punjab for INR 10.75 crore after a tussle with Delhi Capitals. Maxwell had plied his trade for Delhi too.
Pat Cummins excited:
Soon after securing the bumper deal, Pat Cummins took to Instagram to express his delight. The star pacer posted a video on his Instagram story where he said he is excited to be back with his first IPL team. He also said he is looking forward to working with the likes of Brendon McCullum, Eoin Morgan and others.
“Absolutely pumped to be back on board with KKR. It’s where I played my first couple of years [in IPL]. Can’t wait to work with Baz McCullum, Eoin Morgan. Back with Sunil Narine, Andre Russell. Absolutely Pumped up,” he said.
Pat Cummins started his journey in the IPL with Kolkata Knight Riders in 2014. He managed to play just one game that season and picked up one wicket. Cummins played for the same team in 2015 too and managed to pick up just one wicket in three outings. He did not play in 2016 before being signed up by Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) for 4.5 crores. He stayed with the Delhi-based outfit for just one season and did make an impression. In 12 games for the Daredevils, the Australia star picked up 15 wickets.