The two-time winners Kolkata have bought back Australia Test skipper Pat Cummins for 7.25 crores. In the 2020 auction, he was bought by the team for 15.50 crores. The new teams, Gujarat and Lucknow were also bidding for Cummins but Kolkata eventually managed to acquire his services for the upcoming season. Notably, the right-arm pacer won’t be available for the first few games as he will playing for his country in the multi-format series against Pakistan.
Australia is visiting Pakistan for the first time since 1998. At that time, the Mark Taylor-led team beat Pakistan by 1-0 in the three-match Test series and clean swept the Men In Green in the ODI series. In the current tour, the World Number one Test team will play three Tests, four ODI, and a solitary T20I against the hosts.
His teammates such as David Warner and Steven Smith are also set to miss the first few games of the ITL as Cricket Australia’s Chief selector George Bailey has cleared that the board would send the players for the league only when they don’t have national or domestic commitments. Few Australian players would miss the initial phase of ITL if their state team qualifies for the Sheffield Shield Final, starting from March 31.
“We do see the IPL as a really good development opportunity when it fits, but there’s obviously a huge amount of cricket with a series (in Sri Lanka) planned for immediately-post the IPL as well,” Georgey Bailey, Australia’s chief selector, had said during a recent media interaction. “So it will be about working with the individuals to ensure they’re getting the preparation they need, but we certainly won’t be releasing players to the IPL while Australia are playing.”
Here is how Twitteratis reacted
Pat Cummins at 7.25 Crs is a steal. Very good if he comes good, can be a real wallet increase in the next auction if he doesn't, also a good captaincy option.
— bongaverage (@AnkittheMahanty) February 12, 2022
Patcummins to @KKRiders very happy about the pick let's see how he performs. It's very evident that the teams are concentrating on Indian contingent,prices are not soaring up.May be indian youngsters are the need of the hour. #staraikelungal #TATAIPLAuction #asktheexperts #KKR
— Pavithran (@pavi12_m) February 12, 2022
Pat Cummins for 7.25 crores is perfect as per his skill-set. Not overpaid like the 16 crore price tag earlier.
KKR now has 5 players:
4 of them can bat, all 5 can bowl. Setting up a nice overall core.
— Cricketjeevi (@wildcardgyan) February 12, 2022
KKK bought Pat Cummins for 15.5 Crores in IPL 2021 And now IPL 2020 Mega auction they bought 7.25 crores.
— CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) February 12, 2022
More than 50% pay cut for Cummins. 😉 #KKR
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) February 12, 2022
The tale of two fast bowlers:
— Vishal Dikshit (@Vishal1686) February 12, 2022