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

IPL 2021: Pat Cummins Reveals Reason For Donating $50,000 To The PM Cares Fund

Pat Cummins, the Australian fast bowler, recently donated $50,000 to help India fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The speedster, who’s currently playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL), has now revealed the reasons for making the donations to the PM-Cares Fund, an initiative by Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The heartfelt gesture has garnered Pat Cummins loads of accolades from the cricket fraternity and the fans. The netizens also hailed him as a ‘hero’ for his contributions. The pacer stated that by donating the money he tried to follow the footsteps of the Knights and their co-owner Shah Rukh Khan.

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Pat Cummins: Team Owner Shah Rukh Khan Donated At PM Cares Fund

Shah Rukh Khan is doing his bit to help the government in its efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic. His companies – Kolkata Knight Riders, Red Chillies Entertainment, Meer Foundation and Red Chillies VFX – are contributing to a number of relief funds, including the PM-Cares fund. Kolkata Knight Riders, the IPL (Indian Premier League) franchise co-owned by the actor has pledged an undisclosed amount to the PM-Cares fund.

“I was just chatting to a couple of guys here at KKR, they have been really generous in their donations to the PM CARES fund over the last year or so. Shah Rukh donated himself here that suggests the way to go,” Cummins was quoted as saying to WION’s Executive Editor Palki Sharma Upadhyay.

Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan , Twitter

“There are a few people back home in Australia who are keen to help India so we might set up something in the next few days to direct a few more resources to charity here,” he stated.

The Centre had set up the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) Fund in March 2020 with the objective to deal with an emergency situation like the one currently posed by the COVID-19 outbreak and to provide relief to those affected.

Pat Cummins’ Donation Followed By Brett Lee And Sheldon Jackson

Pat Cummins also hopes to bring joy to the people of India, who are grappling their way through the pandemic. After he came forward with his helping hand, former Australian and KKR seamer Brett Lee and KKR batsman Sheldon Jackson made donations as well.

“I don’t think so. We are doing everything we don’t take any resources from the frontline. There is an aspect that us playing for three or four hours hopefully contributes to making people stay at home. It has certainly been a big topic of conversation as to how we can help,” he added.

Brett Lee(BCCI)
Brett Lee(BCCI)

The second wave of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has made sure that nearly three lakh cases are being recorded on a daily basis. The common people have been finding it difficult to secure hospital beds and oxygen cylinders. As far as Pat Cummins is concerned, he is currently the leading wicket-taker for KKR with nine wickets from seven games. He also has a top score of an unbeaten 66 against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Mumbai.

Former Australian and KKR pacer Brett Lee followed Pat Cummins’ recent initiative and donated 1 Bitcoin for India’s fight against the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. The 44-year-old, who is currently in India for the ongoing IPL 2021, took to Twitter to announce that he would be donating 1 Bitcoin to help with “the purchase of oxygen supplies for hospitals across India.” It is worth noting that 1 Bitcoin is approximately 40,95,991 Rupees.

Following Pat Cummins’ contribution to the PM Cares fund to help India’s COVID-19 fight, Kolkata Knight Riders Sheldon Jackson too has made a donation, to the Gautam Gambhir Foundation.

David Hussey, Andre Russell (Image Source: Twitter)
David Hussey, Andre Russell (Image Source: Twitter)

We At KKR Could Look At All Strategies When It Comes To Our Batting: David Hussey

David Hussey, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) chief mentor has revealed that it is a part of the team’s plans to hold back Andre Russell till death-overs. The team think-tank wants the Jamaican all-rounder to go ballistic in the death overs. However, that didn’t happen on Saturday against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) as KKR managed to score only 133 for nine in their 20 overs after batting first.

Against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Wednesday, Andre Russell’s 22-ball 54 gave KKR an outside chance to win from a near-impossible position. Despite being in form, he walked into bat in the 16th over against RR and managed a seven-ball nine runs.

Andre Russell
Kolkata Knight Riders cricketer Andre Russell. (Photo: AFP)

David Hussey: Andre Russell Is Backed To Get KKR 30-40 Runs Off Around 15 Balls Which Didn’t Happen Against Rajasthan Royals

Attacking all-rounder from the Caribbean, Andre Russell is one of the most sought-after talents at the Indian Premier League. He scored 510 runs in 14 IPL games averaging a staggering 56.66 at a strike rate of 204.81 in IPL 2019 but flopped in IPL 2020 managing only 117 runs in 10 games averaging a pathetic 13. This season, he has scored 108 runs in 5 games with a fifty but KKR is at the bottom place as his knocks went in vain.

When asked about Andre Russell’s batting position after the six-wicket defeat against RR, David Hussey said: “We had a partnership going on at that stage when Andre Russell was due to come in next. With four odd overs to go, we back him to get us 30-40 runs off around 15 balls. In a perfect world, he can go at No.3 and make two hundred, I guess. But that wasn’t tonight.”

David Hussey
KKR chief mentor David Hussey, Video grab

Andre Russell’s batting position has often been the subject of debate among fans and pundits over the past few seasons. With a strike rate of over 180, he leads the IPL all-time charts. Despite being KKR’s go-to player, he has often batted down the order with very little time to get set.

David Hussey: KKR To Rethink Batting Strategy

Batting has led KKR down this season. With just one win from five matches, the franchise languishes at the bottom of the points table. David Hussey said KKR will look at all strategies to do well in the batting department.

Admitting the batting incompetence, David Hussey, a former Australia international and KKR all-rounder, stated: “We could look at all strategies when it comes to our batting. We play Punjab Kings in a couple of days, and everything (all the options) is on the table.”

KKR has batsmen – Karun Nair, Gurkeerat Singh, Ben Cutting, Sheldon Jackson, and Tim Seifert – warming the bench as the side-eye changes in the games to follow. From Mumbai, KKR will now fly to Ahmedabad to face Punjab Kings on Monday.

Kolkata Knight Riders bought 8 players in IPL 2021 auction, out of which there were five domestic players and 3 overseas players. KKR had an available salary cap of Rs. 10.75 crore and the franchise spent Rs. 7.3 crore to purchase these 8 players.

Shakib-al-Hasan was bought for Rs. 3.2 crore. The Bangladesh all-rounder was part of KKR in IPL 2012 and IPL 2014- the seasons in which Kolkata Knight Riders lifted the IPL trophies. KKR also bought Harbhajan Singh at his base price of Rs. 2 crores.

Gurkeerat Singh Mann who last played for Royal Challengers Bangalore was signed as replacement for Rinku Singh © AFP
Gurkeerat Singh Mann who last played for Royal Challengers Bangalore was signed as a replacement for Rinku Singh © AFP

Ben Cutting, at his base price Rs. 75 lakh, became another new member of Kolkata Knight Riders. KKR also acquired the services of Sheldon Jackson for Rs. 20 lakhs,  Vaibhav Arora for Rs. 20 lakhs, Karun Nair for Rs. 50 lakhs, Venkatesh Iyer for Rs. 20 lakhs, and Pawan Negi for Rs. 50 lakhs.

Kolkata Knight Riders had signed Gurkeerat Singh Mann as a replacement for Rinku Singh, who is out of the tournament due to injury. Gurkeerat Singh Mann last played for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 2020 before being released ahead of the IPL 2021 auction. KKR has acquired him at his base price of Rs. 50 lakhs. The IPL 2021 will be his eighth IPL season.

Sheldon Jackson, KL Rahul, Anushka
Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma with KL Rahul (Image Credit: Google)

Sheldon Jackson Replies The Troller Who Commented On KL Rahul And Anushka Sharma Friendship

Saurashtra batsman Sheldon Jackson has earlier questioned about the selection of players. The 32-year-old has played for India A and is eagerly waiting for joining the senior player. He raised his voice against the selection committee and demanded transparency. He is of the view that small state players are not considered for selection.

His fellow cricketers supported him through twitter. Recently, Jackson shared a post which showed the ranking of him and his fellow cricketer DA Jadeja. Through the post, he showed his discontent for not his selection in the team. A Twitter user commented on the post and said that he should increase the friendship with Anushka Sharma as KL Rahul is doing.

Sheldon Jackson, KL Rahul, Anushka
Sheldon Jackson.

The troller targeted KL Rahul and indirectly pointed out that he is in the team because of his friendship with Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma, who is the wife of Virat Kohli. The troller pointed Jackson to follow the same technique to get his place in the team.

Jackson slammed the troller and replied that he should learn manners and keep families away from this matter.

Sheldon Jackson is disappointed because he was not included in the Duleep trophy squad. He was also not given chance in India A squad against South Africa A. The wicket-keeper batsman has played 47 List A matches and scored 1,686 runs with six centuries and nine half-centuries. He has played 66 first-class matches and scored 4,825 runs with 16 centuries and 24 half-centuries.

He is the former Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) player and has smashed 854 runs in previous Ranji Season.

sheldon Jackson, BCCI

Sheldon Jackson Raises Question Over BCCI’s Selection Process

Saurashtra player Sheldon Jackson, the wicket-keeper batsman, has called for transparency from the national selection committee. He claimed that the selectors are not giving attention to small states even though they are performing well.

Saurashtra reached the finals of the Ranji Trophy three times in the last decade. The players have performed consistently in the domestic circuit, which has not grabbed the selector’s eyeball. Sheldon Jackson showed discontent for not selecting the player who deserves to be in India A.

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Earlier Manoj Tiwary had also questioned the BCCI. Tiwary who plays for Bengal consoled Sheldon and commented on the post saying “can feel your pain and your frustration is justified”.

sheldon Jackson, BCCI

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Sheldon Jackson also questioned the importance of Ranji trophy if the players are not selected based on performance. He is of the viewpoint that selectors should be transparent as players need to know their mistakes and where they lack.

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Because of his talent, he was selected in Kolkata Knight Riders and also played for India A in 2013. Ravindra Jadeja, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Jaydev Unadkat are the cricketers to play international cricket from Saurashtra.