Ravi Shastri is perplex by KKR’s decision to drop this star in previous IPL 2022 games. Former India coach Ravi Shastri appeared irritated by the star player’s absence from the team for four matches.
Pat Cummins demonstrated his bowling prowess on Monday, taking three wickets in an over as Kolkata Knight Riders cruised to a 52-run victory over Mumbai Indians in an IPL 2022 match. Cummins had missed the first three games for KKR this season, having arrived for the tournament after finishing his international commitments with Australia. The fast bowler made an immediate impact in his season debut, smashing a 15-ball 56 to help KKR defeat Mumbai Indians. He had two wickets but had been run out for 49 runs in his four overs. Cummins was drop from the team after the next three games. But he returned on Monday to take center stage with the ball in hand.
KKR’s decision to drop: Former India coach Ravi Shastri appeared irritated by Cummins’ absence from the team for four games.
“Pat Cummins ko shukar hai khilaya. 4-5 match se pata nahi kya kar raha tha bench par baith kar garam kar raha tha seat. Aisa player jo world’s number one fast bowler, World Cup winner, captain of Australia ka, bench par baitha rahe ho. (Fortunately, they used Pat Cummins.) I’m not sure what he was doing on the bench for 4-5 matches, warming the seat. A player ranked first in the world in fast bowling, a World Cup winner, and Australia’s captain, was forced to sit on the bench) “During the MI vs. KKR match, Ravi Shastri said on-air while commentating in Hindi.
Cummins’ return to the team aided KKR’s victory over the bottom-placed Mumbai Indians in a crucial match for the Kolkata franchise. The victory kept KKR’s slim chances of making the playoffs alive.
With 10 points from 12 games, KKR is currently seventh in the IPL points table.
On Monday, Venkatesh Iyer (43) and Nitish Rana (43) led KKR to a 165-run victory. At one point, it appeared that KKR would easily pass 200 runs, but a stunning spell from Jasprit Bumrah, who took his maiden five-wicket haul in IPL, blew KKR’s lower order away.
MI’s lacklustre batting cost them the game in the chase, despite Ishan Kishan’s half-century. Mumbai were dismissed for 113 in 17.3 overs, with Cummins taking three wickets and Andre Russell contributing two.