Cummins has been part of 42 IPL matches to date, representing Delhi Capitals in 12 of them, and the rest for Kolkata Knight Riders. In fact, he was the most expensive buy in the IPL 2022 auction with a bid of 15.50 crores by KKR.
The 29-year-old did decent in the 2020 season, with 146 runs and 12 wickets. The subsequent season witnessed him scoring 93 runs and taking nine wickets.
In the 2022 season, Cummins scalped seven wickets and scored 63 runs in five matches. He was then ruled out of the tournament mid-way due to a hip injury.
With Australia playing the Ashes 2023 from June under the leadership of Cummins, he decided to skip the forthcoming edition of the IPL. Also, the World Cup is also slated to be played in October-November, which forced Cummins to focus on his international career.
“Sooner or later you’re going to run out”- Glenn McGrath backs Pat Cummins to take rest
McGrath stated it was a wise move by Cummins to avoid playing in the IPL, in order to take a rest before big series/tournaments. He believes the fast bowlers need to have their off-season to maintain their core strength and deliver well in the red-ball format.
In his tweet, Cummins cited the reason for the jam-packed schedule of international cricket. However, the fast bowler hoped that he would return to Gold & Blue in the coming editions. With this development, the franchises released Cummins ahead of the mini-auction next month.
In this regard, McGrath thinks contributing to Australian cricket should be the primary focus of national cricketers. He added that Test cricket is still the most valued format, and thinks the Australian pacer has made the right choice.
“Cummo has come out and said he’s not going to the next IPL. Fast bowlers need to have a bit of an offseason because bowling and running deplete your strength. Test cricket is still the ultimate.”
Ashes have always been a top priority for the Australian and England players, due to their rivalry over the years. The Australian team would look to defend the Ashes after they prevailed 4-0 on home soil in the 2021/22 edition.