Travelling during IPL can be mentally taxing: Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Pat Cummins | Cricket News

Mar22,2024



In his initial stint as captain of the T20 team, pat cumminsAustralia's World Cup-winning captain claims the shorter format is not physically demanding. However, he acknowledges the huge challenge posed by the extensive travel during the two-month IPL season and the need for diverse preparations to face different teams with different playing styles.
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Cummins, who previously led Australia to victory in the World Test Championship, has the significant burden of reviving the fortunes of Sunrisers Hyderabad, which finished last season at the bottom of the table.
“This is a format I have never captained before. Tomorrow (Saturday) will be my first game. With a little preparation, I am ready to go,” Cummins said on the eve of his IPL opener against Kolkata Knight Riders. Am.” Here.”

“It has its own challenges. You play 14 matches in six-seven weeks, plus the final. I am used to playing a lot of Test cricket, so four overs doesn't put that much burden on your body. But it can be mentally taxing.” Could.” Traveling, you are playing with a new team every few days which you have to prepare for,” the Australian fast bowler said.
“But it's nothing new, we've done it before, so obviously the game days are the most important, that's where we put most of our energy. No team plays the same XI in all 14 matches. “

The second most expensive acquisition in this IPL auction, Cummins is not only burdened with leadership but is also expected to perform with the ball. With Bhuvneshwar Kumar as the only other experienced bowler in the team, the onus becomes even more pronounced on Cummins.
Apart from this, the team also has talents like T Natarajan and Jaydev Unadkat.
“We have a lot of experienced guys who are excited about the lineup. (On) Bhuvi, I will be relying a lot. We have a lot of experience and young guys too. It's T20 cricket, you will get hit all around, not too much worry.” Do it. So it will depend on experienced people to help the youth.”

The upcoming Saturday match is being promoted as a contest between Cummins and Mitchell Starc. Commenting on the anticipation, the Australian captain quipped, “Hopefully, I won't have to face Starc. That's the entertaining beauty of the IPL – these guys have been facing Starc for 15 years.”
“I don't remember when I played against him. It will be an interesting part tomorrow. We are both bowlers so there won't be much crossover,” he said.
(With PTI inputs)



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