Pat Cummins vs Mitchell Starc: Top earners enter new ‘weird’ chapter | Cricket News

Mar23,2024


Kolkata: Many people will come to the Eden Gardens on Saturday not only to enjoy the battle between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad but also to watch the mini-clash between them. pat cummins And Mitchell Starc,
Both the Australian fast bowlers have already been in the headlines after fetching the highest ever price in the IPL. He has proven his credentials in world cricket and now he needs to do the same in the most lucrative league in the world, which is a very different kind of game.
It will be a new experience for both, as Cummins said, “I don't remember playing against him (Starc) in my 15-year playing career. It will be a bit strange to see him in the rival dressing room tomorrow.”

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This will certainly be a new challenge for Cummins, who has won the ODI World Cup and the World Test Championship but has never led a T20 team.
With an IPL economy rate of 8.54, he is also short of game time, having bowled only seven overs in T20Is between the last IPL and now.
Apart from carrying the burden of expectations following his Rs 20.5 crore package, the fast bowler will have to take tough decisions by benching some of the best T20 players in the world.

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However, the 30-year-old knows how to do it. “I need to work with the coaches and what they want to see from me as a player,” he said before getting to work.
Cummins will have to lead SRH's pace attack, guide youngsters like Umran Malik and T Natarajan and also develop a good combination with Bhuvneshwar Kumar. On the other hand, his former team KKR has spent a lot of money on Starc and bought him for Rs 24.75 crore in the auction.

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KKR's powerplay record is poor and hopefully Starc will fix it with his mentor Gautam Gambhir Calling the fast bowler his X-factor. Like Cummins, Starc too's record in T20 cricket is nothing special.
The left-arm fast bowler has played only 27 IPL matches so far, returning to the tournament after 2015. He has played fewer matches in the Big Bash League on home soil and has not represented any side in any other franchise league.
Interestingly, Starc has played only two T20 matches outside the World Cup in one and a half years. The 34-year-old New South Wales player will now have to do better than conceding 8.14 runs per over in all T20s.



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