Australians at the IPL, week two

Team-mate battlesThere were a couple of full-throttle head-to-heads between Australia (and state) colleagues this week. First of all limited-overs captain Aaron Finch went up against James Pattinson when Royal Challengers Bangalore played the Mumbai Indians. Finch’s final tally of 52 off 35 doesn’t quite tell the story of his two-over…

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IPL 2020 – KKR vs MI

Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik finds it extremely “unfair” that his premier pacer Pat Cummins is being criticised after just one bad performance in IPL 2020.Cummins, who only completed his mandatory quarantine two hours prior to the match, conceded 49 runs in three wicketless overs. Rohit Sharma, the Mumbai…

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IPL 2020 – Pat Cummins’ advice to Kamlesh Nagarkoti: ‘Stay patient and believe you can play till 36 or 37’

There are four parallels that can be drawn between Pat Cummins and Kamlesh Nagarkoti.The first one is that they achieved fame as teenagers, the Australian as an 18-year-old Test debutant in 2011 and the Indian as an 18-year old at the 2018 Under-19 World Cup. The second one is that…

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Pat Cummins’ ‘calmness’ key for Aaron Finch after push to streamline vice-captaincy

Australia’s limited-overs captain Aaron Finch was one of the driving forces behind the return to a single vice-captain and having Pat Cummins in that position with a desire to streamline the on-field decision-making process.The idea of two vice-captains was first used against Pakistan in the UAE in 2018 as Australia…

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