Pat Cummins exits IPL to recuperate
Pat Cummins’ stint at the IPL has been cut short by a hip injury.
The Australia Test captain has returned home to Sydney to start recovery from what is being considered a “minor problem”. He is expected to be fit in time for Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka next month.
Cummins played five games for KKR in this IPL. Besides scoring the joint-fastest half-century in the tournament’s history, he also picked up seven wickets, including 3 for 22 in his last game against Mumbai Indians.
With KKR’s playoffs qualification dependent on a number of factors, Cummins has decided to return to regain his fitness. His recovery is expected to take two weeks.
Before leaving for Australia, Cummins said: “I had an amazing time in India, and I would like to thank KKR for taking care of my family and me. I wish all the team members the best of luck for the remainder of the tournament. I will be watching the games and cheering on.”
Cummins, 29, has already been rested from the T20I leg of the Sri Lanka tour. Australia have a busy schedule which includes a T20 World Cup title defence in October followed by a five-Test home summer, a Test tour of India and an Ashes campaign in England.
Knight Riders, who have two games left to play in the IPL, unless they qualify for the playoffs by a miracle, have not asked for a replacement.