When Kolkata Knight Riders purchased Australia quick bowler Pat Cummins for Rs 15.5 crore on the auctions last yr, many believed that the franchise had spent an excessive amount of cash. Questions have been raised whether or not Cummins will be capable of justify the value tag in Indian Premier League. The no. 1 Test bowler on the planet Cummins, on Wednesday, showcased why he’s a risk regardless of the format, when KKR confronted Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2020.
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In the 2nd over, Cummins bowled to no. 1 Test batsman on the planet Steve Smith. Smith performed 5 deliveries from Cummins and located himself in bother towards the seamer. The batsman didn’t get a run within the first two balls from Cummins, and the following one simply went previous Smith, almost hitting his bat. It was an absolute jaffa, and a few KKR players even appealed for caught behind.
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In the 4th ball, Smith tried to take charge and hit it miles into the air, however fortunately for the Aussie batsman, it landed in no man’s land. Smith’s luck ran out within the subsequent ball, as he struck it straight to Dinesh Karthik behind the stumps.
Speaking on the battle between Smith and Cummins, former Australia spinner Brad Hogg stated on his Youtube channel: “It was the second over in the chase where the game changed. Pat Cummins, the number one Test bowler in the world up against Steve Smith, the number one Test batsman in the world. Pat Cummins showed that he was worth the million dollars that was forked out for him this IPL. He made Steve Smith look like a lower-order batsman.”
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“He had his footwork all over the shop. He was beating him on the outside edge and inside edge. Steve Smith started slogging and he nearly got out on the second-last ball of that over but finally got caught behind on the last ball,” he additional added.
“Pat Cummins was way too good, way too quick, accurate and Steve Smith didn’t have the answers. All Steve Smith had to do was play that over out and attack the likes of Mavi, Nagarkoti and the younger bowlers of that KKR outfit and RR would have been in a better position. But he didn’t, he had a brain fade and that cost RR the game and gave KKR the win,” Hogg stated.
KKR received the match by 37 runs. They will subsequent tackle Delhi Capitals on October three in Sharjah.