Aakash Chopra has stated that the possible absence of Pat Cummins for the remainder of IPL 2021 won’t hit the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) too onerous.
Pat Cummins has reportedly determined towards returning for the rest of IPL 2021. Whereas no purpose has been specified, it might be due to the hectic worldwide schedule after the event.
Aakash Chopra: Pat Cummins’ Absence Not A Loss If Lockie Ferguson Is Obtainable
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra opined that Pat Cummins’ absence won’t be too massive a loss for KKR if Lockie Ferguson is offered, because the latter is arguably a greater T20 bowler.
“KKR have already got Lockie Ferguson. And in my view, if it’s important to choose one among them simply as a T20 bowler, I’ll choose Lockie Ferguson forward of him (Cummins). If Lockie is offered and performs, it’s completely wonderful. I don’t suppose they will miss Pat Cummins the bowler,” stated Chopra.
The cricketer-turned-commentator reasoned that Pat Cummins’ bowling numbers have been common during the last two seasons of the IPL.
“His (Cummins’) efficiency has not been nice as a bowler. If we speak about final yr, he took simply 12 wickets in 14 matches, and that was within the UAE, the place the remaining matches might be performed. The economic system was okay, lower than eight. This yr additionally, he took solely 9 wickets in seven matches, and he was costlier as effectively, virtually 9 runs per over,” noticed Chopra.
Pat Cummins picked 12 wickets in 14 video games that included a 4-wicket haul within the 2020 IPL season. He bowled effectively in IPL 2021 selecting 9 scalps in 7 video games averaging 26.33 moreover scoring 93 runs averaging 31. Nevertheless, Aakash Chopra did acknowledge that Pat Cummins has made his presence felt as a batsman, an space the place Lockie Ferguson won’t be capable to contribute a lot.
Lockie Ferguson who’s but to play a recreation in IPL 2021, picked 6 scalps in 5 matches averaging 24.66 in IPL 2020 which was held in UAE. Lockie Ferguson was drafted into the KKR setup in 2019 and performed simply 5 video games. In 2020 too he performed 5 video games and took 6 wickets that included a 3-wicket haul.
“As a batsman, his efficiency has been first rate. It was not that good within the UAE; he did hit a fifty however had a mean of twenty. This time he has hit a fifty, however the common is 31, and he has a strike fee of 166,” added Aakash Chopra.
Pat Cummins’ determination to choose out of the rest of IPL 2021, regardless of the massive bucks he would lose out on, would possibly set off a sequence of withdrawals from the event. That would particularly be the case with the Australian and English all-format gamers, because the T20 World Cup and the Ashes are shut on the heels of the distinguished league.
Aakash Chopra: Mark Wooden Doubtless To Change Pat Cummins In The KKR Line-up
Aakash Chopra named England pacer Mark Wooden because the possible candidate to switch Australian Pat Cummins within the KKR line-up.
“It might be Mark Wooden. He’s up there in my thoughts. He bowls very effectively; final time he had made himself unavailable, but when this time he makes himself obtainable, then Mark Wooden might be my possibility for the Kolkata Knight Riders.”
Mark Wooden had initially withdrawn from IPL 2021 to handle his workload. Mark Wooden had earlier registered himself for the very best base worth of INR 2 crore and was among the many 292 gamers who had been lastly shortlisted by the eight franchises for the mini-auction in Chennai. Mark Wooden has performed just one match within the T20 league to date and it got here for Chennai Tremendous Kings (CSK) in 2018.
With the T20 World Cup and the Ashes scheduled to be performed simply after the IPL, it’s extremely unlikely the injury-prone pacer will make himself obtainable this time round as effectively.