Former Australian speedster Brett Lee has lauded Pat Cummins and has stated that he is worth his hefty price tag. Cummins had a hard start to his IPL 2020 campaign after he gave away 49 runs in three overs in KKR’s IPL opener against MI. He was heavily criticised for his performance, and for the sum, KKR paid for him. The Knight Riders secured Pat Cummins’ signing for a whopping INR 15.5 crores.
Cummins showed a great display against SRH in their second match with impressive figures of 19/1. He kept the opening partnership of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow slowed down and took the important wicket of Bairstow.
The Hyderabad based-franchise could only add up a meagre score of 142 runs, which KKR chased in 18 overs and eventually won the match by seven wickets.
Brett Lee heaps praise on fellow Australian Pat Cummins
Former Australian star pacer Brett Lee was all praises for Cummins who he says is worth double of what KKR paid for him. He also stated that Pat Cummins is a confident player and even though he got the hitting in his first match, he proved in the second his economical ability. Lee also lauded Cummins’ line and length of bowling.
“He is worth double. He is worth it. Pat Cummins is a confidence player like most fast bowlers. Obviously, he got a little bit of tap in the 1st game. He proved he can be economical and take wickets when needed,” Brett Lee told Star Sports.
“It’s the beautiful line and length, with that wonderful seam position gets a bit of nibble. He is a class act,” he added.
Scott Styris explains, change in role helped Pat Cummins to perform
Former New Zealand cricketer Scott Styris stated that a slight change of role by giving Cummins the new-ball made him show his form. In the clash against Mumbai Indians, they had used him as a third seamer in the later stages of powerplay but against KKR he got the new ball to nibble around, explained Styris.
“He is a class player. You knew he was always going to come back and come back well. Slight change of role, they had operated as a third seamer (against MI) in the back half of the powerplay. Not tonight, they gave the new ball and got it to nibble around.
“They acknowledged that the skills of the Sunrisers batting, their strength is the top order. So KKR brought their best bowlers on to try and break the opening stand and put pressure on the middle order. The middle order got under pressure and they failed,” Styris said.
Kolkata Knight Riders will next face Rajasthan Royals on September 30th at the Dubai International Stadium.