Australian pacer Pat Cummins, who got INR 15.50 crores in this year’s IPL auction, is planning to make his furry canine friend happy with his big payday.
Australian cricketers made a lot of money in the IPL 2020 auction with Cummins earning the highest-ever bid for a foreigner as the Kolkata Knight Riders went big and offered INR 15.50 crores for him. His teammate Nathan Coulter-Nile was bought by the defending champions Mumbai Indians for INR 8 crores. Kings XI Punjab spent INR 10.75 crores on Glenn Maxwell.
Cummins was asked what he would like to do with all the money from the IPL. He shared that his girlfriend was quick to react that he should buy a couple of toys for their dog.
He said at a press conference ahead of the Boxing Day Test, “I don't know [what to do with the money]. My girlfriend... the first thing she said was 'we can buy the dog a couple more toys now'. She has got her priorities sorted.”
“I will try my best not to change. Lucky, I have got good people around me. The boys in the team are great but also my family and friends. I still play cricket because I love it. I am really fortunate and grateful for everything that has happened,” he added.
Cummins is currently a part of the Australian Test squad playing against the Kiwis. He is a sure starter for the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne but has no information on what the team balance will be.
The 26-year-old said, “I have had a quick look (at the MCG pitch). Expecting a pretty good wicket. Most of the games go 5 days here. I don't expect it to be anything different this year. However, I have no idea what the selectors and Tim Paine are thinking about the bowlers. Whether we have got 4 or 5, we can get the job done.”
Even if the pacers cannot get the job done, they have some spinners who can come in and bowl a few overs to break the batsmen’s rhythm. “Good that Marnus (Labuschagne) is bowling well, Wadey (Matthew Wade) thinks he can bowl as well. Nathan Lyon can bowl good 30-35 overs a day. We have got all the bases covered,” Cummins said.
(Inputs from India Today)