They’re spin-friendly, if wickets aren’t possible then keep runs in control : Cummins on Indian pitches



New Delhi: Australia pace bowler Pat Cummins has said, “Pacers’ role on Indian pitches is often about containing runs and not picking wickets.”

The 28-year-old Cummins, who has returned from India after the postponement of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and is quarantining here, added that bowling on Indian pitches is a challenge to which a pacer has to adjust.

“My opinion is a bit different to a lot of batters around the world. Sometimes they (Indian pitches) are spin-friendly. And if they are not spin-friendly, they are pretty flat. You don’t get as much pace as in Australia, South Africa, or seam as in England,” said the Aussie who represented Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The fast bowler, who is ranked No. 1 in Test bowlers’ rankings, has played just two Tests in India and picked eight wickets. His average in India is the worst among the five countries he has played Test cricket in. He averages 30.25 in India which is a shade better than his 29 in Bangladesh (six wickets in two Tests). “Personally I felt like, my bowling didn’t click, and that was upsetting,” said Cummins.

“It is a challenge, maybe you have adjusted. Maybe your goal is if wickets aren’t possible then keep the runs in control. It is slightly different,” he said while speaking during a session with fans on Youtube on Wednesday.

He picked up 12 wickets in 14 matches in IPL 2020 and nine wickets in seven matches in the postponed IPL 2021.



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