Australian pacer Pat Cummins was roped in by Kolkata Knight Riders for a whopping 15.50 crores at the IPL 2020 player auction. In reply, he picked up 12 wickets in the season after having not so good start fr the franchise. It was a comeback for Cummins back to a franchise with whom he had won an IPL title. With the bat, he scored 156 runs with an unbeaten 53 against Mumbai Indians his highest score.
Speaking to KKR’s official Youtube channel, Pat Cummins opened up on coping up with the price tag. He admitted that that big money puts a different kind of pressure on the player but also added that it is something that players should manage.
“Whenever you play professional cricket anywhere, there will be lots of pressure. If you are coming off a good game, there is pressure to do it again; if you are coming off a bad game, there is pressure to perform” said Cummins.
Speaking about the pressure of the auction, he said that just because a player is bought at a high price does not mean things happen easily for him.
More Money Doesn’t Mean Ball Stars Swinging: Pat Cummins
“just because you have gone for more money doesn’t mean, the ball suddenly swings more or the wicket is suddenly greener, or the boundaries are bigger” Pat Cummins further added.
He tries to concentrate on what he does well and believes this approach will bring about the best success for KKR as long as he is there.
Cummins picked up 12 wickets for the franchise at an economy rate of 7.86, a little higher than his T20I economy rate of 6.94. Overall, he has picked up 29 wickets in 30 games. He will continue to be KKR’s premier fast bowler and the franchise will expect much more from him heading into a new season of the IPL.