Pat Cummins opened up on the pressure that is associated with a big price tag in the Indian Premier League. He commented that he believes in focusing on his game as a big price does not help to get favourable situation on the field.
Pat Cummins, the Australian pacer was roped in by the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for a whopping INR 15.50 crore during the IPL 2020 auction. He then went on to represent the side in 14 matches and ended up with 12 wickets. Kolkata Knight Riders failed to make it to the playoffs and he was criticized for not being able to produce price-worthy results.
Speaking on the same, Cummins said, "Whenever you play professional cricket anywhere, there will be lots of pressure. If you are coming off a good game, there is pressure to do it again; if you are coming off a bad game, there is pressure to perform."
During the chat in KKR’s official YouTube channel, he further opined, "I guess the auction brings another kind of pressure. We just got to try and manage this. Just because you have gone for more money doesn't mean, the ball suddenly swings more or the wicket is suddenly greener, or the boundaries are bigger.” Cummins who is one the best contemporary limited-over bowlers at present. He continued, “It's the same playing field, so I just try to concentrate on what I do well. I guess that's what is going to bring about the best success for KKR while I'm here."
Cummins, who had played for KKR back in 2014 told how he learned a lot about bowling in conditions different from Australia. "I have amazing memories. My first experience of playing with players outside Australia, my first taste of the IPL. I watched quite a bit of it on TV and yeah I loved it. It's hard bowling here in India or in the UAE. The wickets are different from the ones in Australia, the grounds are smaller. So, you got to learn and find different ways.”
He concluded, “ We have had some amazing people around the team to learn from. I got the whole couple of months to spend with Jacques Kallis. Loved that experience, made me hungry for more."