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Pat Cummins to Show Why He Made a Huge Splash at IPL Auction

Australia's Pat Cummins
Australia's Pat Cummins
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After months of waiting, we finally have a date for the IPL to take place. The tournament will run from September until November and there will be a very different feel to it this year due to the ongoing pandemic we have.

Firstly, the entire IPL tournament will be played in the UAE, and secondly, no fans at all will be allowed into the games, this is strictly a stay-at-home tournament. There will be disappointment from fans who attend every year, but considering the circumstances, some cricket is better than none at all.

2020 IPL Auction

The auction for this year had already taken place, and in it we saw history made by one player. This was Australian pace bowler Pat Cummins.

He became the most expensive overseas player in history when signing a deal to play with the Kolkata Knight Riders. They clearly liked what they saw, going to 15.5 crores to secure his services for the team.

The Knight Riders had a very good pace attack before bringing Cummins in, so it shows they felt he could be a huge difference maker, it wasn’t a specific area that needed fixing. Anyone who faces the Knight Riders this season is going to face an onslaught of pace, with Cummins now being their main man. If the pitches offer a little bounce then this is going to be a very dangerous attack, one that could potentially take this team all the way to glory.

What Cummins Adds to the Knight Riders

27-year-old Cummins is right in the peak of his career now, bowling as well as he has ever done before. He plays all three formats of the game and looks equally comfortable bowling in five-day test matches as he does playing in T20 domestic games around the world.

What we have seen from Cummins during his time playing T20 games in India and Australia as well as for the Australian national team is a real ability to mix things up with the ball. He is capable of bowling yorkers, slower balls, bouncers and his standard pace ball. This leaves the batsmen guessing, especially those at the end of an innings who are trying to score big.

At the start of his run up, Cummins has a few tools he can use, he can change things up depending on the game situation and with all of that to think about, batting against him is not easy. Add onto that the ability he has to put every ball right where he wants it and you can see why he is a very dangerous cricketer and potentially an IPL match winner for the Knight Riders.

This has not gone unnoticed with those looking forward to the IPL and making predictions. The cricket betting experts at betfromindia.com predict Pat Cummins to be player of the IPL in their preview. This is certainly something that will make the Knight Riders fans happy, their bowling attack we a good one before the arrival of Cummins, add him to that and they potentially become the best in the tournament.

Career Figures & What to Expect

So far in his career, Pat Cummins has played in both Australia and India in franchise T20 leagues. He’s played a total of 80 games and taken 96 wickets. He has performed better in Australia than India, but that is simply down to the pitches he’s played on.

He averages 24 at the moment, something he is more than capable of lowering in the coming games, even though they are going to take place in the UAE where the pitches aren’t as friendly as those in Australia.

Despite the conditions he is going to play in, Cummins can still have a huge impact on the competition. His average is going to get better, and he should be able to take wickets at a better rate than his current one, which is just over one wicket per game.

He will need to do that if he is to justify the figure that the Knight Riders are paying him but there are many reasons to believe he will do exactly that. Don’t be surprised to see Pat Cummins really rack up the wickets during the IPL this season, he is in the peak of his career and it could be his chance to really shine on one of the biggest stakes of them all.

The Australian cost a lot, but he looks set to prove he his is worth every penny.

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