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Playing in IPL will help my game: Cummins

Sydney Sixers pacer feels playing more of T20s will develop his bowling in longer formats

When they arrived in South Africa for the CLT20, the Sydney Sixers were billed as one of the pre-tournament favourite just on the basis of their pace attack. And after their eight-wicket win against Yorkshire at Newlands, that belief has only strengthened.

The young guns of Sydney Sixers’ pace attack, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Moises Henriques combined to pick seven wickets in 14 overs for just 54 runs to restrict Yorkshire for 96 runs in 20 overs.

Cummins, who returned excellent bowling figures of 2 for 13 in four overs, spoke to clt20.com after the victory. The 19-year-old was brimming with joy as he spoke about his teammates and how he is enjoying being part of such closely knit pack.

Touted as the next big thing in Australian cricket, Cummins also shared how he has been working on his game to suit all conditions and developing varieties in his bowling. Cummins said that he was looking forward to being part of the IPL in order to gain experience of bowling in the shortest format in challenging conditions.

Excerpts from his interview:

You guys must be love bowling on these tracks?

I’ve just come from Sri Lanka, so bowling on the South African wickets is really nice. It was great to watch [Mitchell] Starc and [Josh] Hazlewood bowl; the bounce they were getting and the pace they were generating was really good.

Is there a bit of healthy competition among you guys in the change room?

We’re all on the same side, so we’re not too competitive like that. We all get along well and since we’re all from New South Wales, we’ve kind of grown up together. It’s amazing to be playing alongside each other.

Big things are expected from you in the future. You have done well till now but mostly on helpful tracks. Are you working on developing your game for tracks that don’t have much for the fast bowlers?

I haven’t played really played red-ball cricket overseas, except over here, which is similar to Australia. I think bowling on sub-continent tracks, the sideways movement is more important than pace. I have to keep working on swinging the ball and try to get sideways movement with the seam. That’s probably the way forward rather than smashing my way by bowling fast.

A season or two playing the IPL in India won’t hurt in that regards, will it?

Oh, absolutely. I’m only young and not only international experience but any kind of experience of playing in those conditions will come in handy. Also, playing with some of the guys there would be great. We’ll have to wait and see what happens but I think playing in tournaments like the IPL would be one of the best cricket moves for me. I’d love to play it.

Does your approach in bowling change with different formats?


It has changed now. When I first started out a couple of years ago, I just went out with a clear head and tried to bowl fast. Now that I’ve moved a bit forward, I’ve thought about the game a bit more. I try to go in as a dot-ball bowler rather than a wicket-taker, which might work against me at times, but is required in the shortest format.

How about developing some variety in your bowling?

Yes, slower ones, yorkers, wide yorkers and slow bouncers are really important in T20. What I’ve also learned is the more T20 cricket you play, the more your ODI bowling develops, especially in the death overs. Any kind of experience in this format with help in the other formats as well.

Who was your fast bowling idol while growing up?

The fast bowlers I grew up watching were Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee. So, subconsciously I looked up to those guys and tried to bowl like them as a kid. I’ve played a little bit with Brett and spent a bit of time with him. There are also other great guys around – Stuart Clark was around when I first started and he was great as well.

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