After giving a kickstart to his Test career against India last year, Australian spearhead Pat Cummins is looking forward to a fresh new IPL season with Mumbai Indians. Having represented Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils in the past, Cummins has rich IPL experience.
"I spent a lot of time in India in 2017. To have billion people, all cricket crazy following their teams, it is an amazing experience," he told Sportstar.
Having been brought up on pitches with pace and bounce, Cummins thinks "the basics of bowling (in the sub-continent) still stay the same and you look more at the batsman you’re bowling against rather than the wicket."
"But in somewhere like India, my slower ball usually spins a bit more than back in Australia and a bouncer is still a good option," he explained before adding, "To be honest, I think the biggest difference is the size of the outfields which are a lot smaller usually than back home."
Cummins said that he is looking forward to a new IPL season having been roped in by Mumbai Indians for 5.6 crores. He is excited to be working alongside Lankan great Lasith Malinga who has played for Mumbai Indians for the last decade and has been a part of three IPL titles with the franchise.
"Obviously one of the great T20 bowlers who has set the benchmark for a long time. His thought process about bowling in the death overs" is something Cummins is looking forward to during his time with the franchise.
On bowling alongside Jasprit Bumrah Cummins said "Bumrah has been such a consistent player for MI and now India in the past few years. A great wicket-taker up front and then a great mix of slower balls and fast yorkers at the death, I’m glad I don’t have to face him".
Cummins next spoke on how difficult it was to deal with injuries in a career which started so young and also spoke on his comeback.
"I was lucky to have a dream career at the age of 17, and each time I came back I felt like I was still bowling really well but my body just couldn't keep up with the rigours of international cricket.
"So feeling like I was so far away from a consistent career in First Class cricket was frustrating, after I had a taste, loved it and felt like I was ready for it in many ways (other than my body)," he noted.
Here is a list of the injuries which he has suffered in his career till date.