‘I don't think KKR are going to miss Pat Cummins’: former cricketer Aakash Chopra
Author : Arti Sharma | Published On : 01 Jun 2021
Former India cricketer turned commentator Aakash Chopra has said that the absence of Pat Cummins might not affect much to the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) team when the IPL 2021 will resume. While the rest of the games will take place in the UAE during the September-October window this year, Cummins has announced his decision not to take part in it further as well.
However, he didn’t share any reason specifically; the reason could be the hectic international schedule after the tournament as well.
Recently, in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra said that Pat Cummins' absence might not be pose a big deal for KKR if Lockie Ferguson is available, as the latter is one of the best in the business too.
"KKR already have Lockie Ferguson. And in my opinion, if you have to pick one of them just as a T20 bowler, I will pick Lockie Ferguson ahead of him (Cummins). If Lockie is available and plays, it is absolutely fine. I don't think they are going to miss Pat Cummins the bowler," said Chopra.
"His (Cummins') performance has not been great as a bowler. If we talk about last year, he took just 12 wickets in 14 matches, and that was in the UAE, where the remaining matches will be played. The economy was okay, less than eight. This year also, he took only nine wickets in seven matches, and he was more expensive as well, almost nine runs per over," he further added.
However, Aakash Chopra also added that Pat Cummins has done well with the bat where Ferguson might not be able to excel much. Cummins has shown his talent as a batsman in the now-suspended Indian Premier League where he smashed a fifty also while playing for KKR. While the veteran named Mark Wood as the likely candidate to replace Pat Cummins, it is also noteworthy that, Wood had originally withdrawn from IPL 2021 to manage his workload and he is not like to return as well.