Pat Cummins, Australian vice-captain and Kolkata Knight Riders star pacer gave a piece of advice to young fast bowler Kamlesh Nagarkoti, who is fit again and raring to go after returning from a lengthy stint on the sidelines due to injuries. He is also looking forward to working with Brendon McCullum during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.
He said that he has always admired the fearless approach of the former New Zealand captain. Pat Cummins, who set the auction for IPL 2020 on fire before being picked by KKR for a whopping Rs 15.5 crore, has arrived in the UAE and will be possibly available for their opener on September 23.
Pat Cummins Happy To Work Under Brendon McCullum In KKR
Pat Cummins returns to the IPL for the first time since 2017 and is looked to spearhead pace attack of KKR who had been struggling with a pacer to bowl death overs in the recent past. He will be working under Brendon McCullum, who was roped in as the head coach of the franchise for IPL 2020.
He said he is happy to work with Brendon McCullum at IPL 2020 and not bowling at the former batsman who is known for hitting bowlers out of the attack at will.
The latter hit the first century in the first-ever match of the inaugural IPL 2008 when he scored a blistering 158 not out against RCB which was the then highest T20 individual score in an innings. It stood until 2013 when Chris Gayle scored 175 against now-defunct Pune Warriors.
“First thing is, I am very excited that I don’t have to bowl to him anymore because he was one of the most-feared hitters to bowl to. I am happy that he is on my team as a coach,” Cummins told KKR in their latest episode of Knights Unplugged.
“He is someone whom I really admired from afar when he was captain of New Zealand and when I came up against him quite a few times in IPL. I love the way he goes about his business, really fearless, wants to put on a show, wants to take the game on, always wants to take the more positive option. I am looking forward to working under him.”
Brendon McCullum heads into the new IPL season on the back of a fantastic stint with Trinbago Knight Riders in the recently-concluded Caribbean Premier League. Under his guidance, TKR did not lose a single game as they won all 12 matches and walked away with the title.
Pat Cummins Has A Piece Of Advice For Fit Kamlesh Nagarkoti
The cricket fraternity is keen on getting a glimpse of 20-year-old pacer Kamlesh Nagarkoti, who is fit again after missing last 2 seasons with injury concerns.
Pat Cummins could relate to the young KKR pace, considering his budding career was plagued by a series of injuries too, including a stress fracture. The Australian fast bowler, who is rated among the world’s finest currently, has a piece of advice for his young KKR teammate.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti was drafted into the KKR squad for the 2018 IPL season. Unfortunately, a back injury kept him out of action for more than one year — and KKR have retained him despite his absence for two years and they definitely feel he can add a lot to the KKR pace attack.
“The big one that all the coaches and ex-players who have gone through similar things, is just to be patient. It’s very easy to say, but as an 18-year-old, missing games is a hard thing to believe. Still, try and make sure you love your cricket, I love going to training and hanging out with my teammates. 90 percent of the reason why I love cricket is hanging out with my mates,” Cummins said.
The pacer Pat Cummins was earlier part of the KKR squad in 2014 and 2015 before being bought by the Delhi Capitals ahead of IPL 2017. He was the most expensive buy in the 2020 IPL Auction after being bagged by KKR again for a whopping 15.50 crores. His 17 wickets mostly came when he was playing for Delhi in 16 matches.