Kolkata Knight Riders pace bowler Pat Cummins said he did not have to upskill himself after coming from Pakistan to play in the IPL 2022.
On Wednesday, KKR handed Mumbai Indians their third defeat in a row in IPL 2022 as the Shreyas Iyer-led side chased 162 with four overs to spare.
KKR vs MI: Pat Cummins scored the joint-fastest fifty in IPL
Cummins, who played his first match for KKR this season, blitzed 56 runs off 15 balls at a staggering strike rate of 373.33. The Australian pacer scored the joint-highest fastest fifty in IPL after he brought up his third IPl fifty in just 14 balls to join Lucknow Super Giants skipper KL Rahul in the classic landmark.
Cummins smashed four boundaries and six sixes, he hit Australian teammate Daniel Sams for 34 runs in the 16th over to take KKR past the finishing line.
It has been good preparation, the body feels great: Pat Cummins
Cummins missed the first three games for KKR as he came fresh from leading Australia to a historic 1-0 Test series win against Pakistan. The Australia red-ball skipper said that the preparation ahead of IPL was good for him and seems eager to hit more sixes.
“I don’t know, I think you guys did the hard work up front, so for when I come in, I am trying to hit big sixes, trying to think really clearly: If it’s in my area, I am going to go for it, if it’s not in my area, I’ll just try and take a single.
“Batting at the end of the game, it’s not swinging, it’s not seaming so it’s a bit easier for me. It was good fun,” Cummins told Venkatesh Iyer in a video uploaded on IPL’s official website.
‘Had about five to six days off then I flew over here, three days quarantine and then had two days leading into this game which was like, the more I bowl, the better I feel like I bowl.
“Coming off Test cricket means that I don’t have to upskill too quickly. So it’s been good preparation, the body feels great, [I’m] just itching to get out there,” he added.
KKR will play their next match against Delhi Capitals on April 10 at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.