Pat Cummins Recalls 1st Game Played In India During Champions League T20 2011
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Pat Cummins Recalls 1st Game Played In India During Champions League T20 2011

Pat Cummins. (BCCL/IPL)
Pat Cummins. (BCCL/IPL)

Pat Cummins has established himself as one of the best bowlers in the world in the last few years. But it was only after a lengthy fight against injuries that he could establish himself in the Aussie team.

In a recent interview, Pat Cummins recalled his first game in India which took place during the Champions League T20. Then 18-year-old Pat Cummins was playing for New South Wales and was stunned to see the Indian crowds going wild.

New South Wales Blues bowler Patrick Cummins (right) celebrates a wicket during the Champions League Twenty20 first semi-final between Royal Challengers Bangalore and New South Wales Blues..
New South Wales Blues bowler Patrick Cummins. Photo Credit: BCCI.

Pat Cummins Recalled Crowd Went Crazy While Playing For New South Wales In 2011 Champions League In India

The 2011 Champions League Twenty20 was the third edition of the Champions League Twenty20, an international Twenty20 cricket tournament. It was held in India from 19 September to 9 October 2011. The defending champions were the Chennai Super Kings.

The Mumbai Indians emerged as the winners of the tournament, defeating the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final. David Warner from the New South Wales Blues won the Golden Bat Award, while Ravi Rampaul was awarded the Golden Wicket Award and Lasith Malinga was declared the Player of the Tournament.

“The first time I landed in India was in 2011 to play the Champions League. I was playing for New South Wales and had just turned 18. That was the first time I had traveled overseas for cricket and growing up you hear all the stories of playing cricket in India and I just absolutely loved it,” Cummins said in the latest vlog uploaded on his Youtube channel.

Ravi Rampaul Associated Press
Ravi Rampaul-Associated Press. Photo Credit: IPL

“We played against some superstars, I think Sachin Tendulkar was playing in that tournament. As an 18-year-old coming here and hearing the crowd go crazy I couldn’t believe it.

“In the warm-up, David Warner and Shane Watson, who were on our side whenever they ran to the boundary, the crowd will just go crazy. It’s so different from Australia. We were here for three or four and I couldn’t get enough of it,” he further added.

David Warner of New South Wales scored 328 runs in 5 games and was followed by Chris Gayle-Virat Kohli duo of RCB. Apart from the trio, Jacques Kallis of KKR also scored more than 200 runs. Ravi Rampaul of Trinidad and Tobago picked 12 scalps while teammate Sunil Narine and Mumbai Indians’ Lasith Malinga took 10 scalps each.

New South Wales had players like David Warner, Steve Smith, Moises Henriques, Shane Watson, Simon Katich, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Hauritz, Josh Hazlewood, Philip Hughes apart from Pat Cummins.

Pat Cummins Enjoys Batting And Loves To Swing The Bat

Meanwhile, now Pat Cummins has become a mainstay not only in the Aussie team but his IPL franchise KKR, as well. During IPL 2021, he did decently well, and also played a crucial knock with the bat, smashing 66 from 34 balls.

“I do (enjoy batting), yeah, sure. Especially when you’re batting kind of like seven or eight you’ve got a small window normally to make an impact so you’re going to try to work on being able to hit from ball one.

“I spend a lot of time being a boring Test batter, I can’t score runs. So I quite enjoy coming out here and swinging the bat. Sometimes it comes off, sometimes it doesn’t,” he signed off.

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins (File Photo)

He has picked 164 scalps in 34 Tests and 111 ODI wickets in 69 ODIs. He also has 37 scalps in 30 T20Is. He is currently the No. 1 Test bowler. Pat Cummins’ KKR teammates Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Sandeep Warrier, and Tim Seifert had tested positive for Covid-19 leading to the indefinite postponement of IPL 2020.

Pat Cummins was the most expensive buy in the 2020 IPL Auction after being bagged by KKR for a whopping 15.50 crores. It was back to purple and gold for pacer Pat Cummins who picked 12 wickets in 14 games that included a 4-wicket haul in the 2020 IPL season. He bowled well in IPL 2021 picking 9 scalps in 7 games averaging 26.33 besides scoring 93 runs averaging 31.

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