In a disappointing development for the fans of the Kolkata Knight Riders team, the franchise’s ace fast bowler Pat Cummins is unlikely to return for the second phase of IPL 2021. BCCI announced that IPL 2021 will resume in September in the United Arab Emirates.
However, according to a report in Sydney Morning Herald, Pat Cummins will not be a part of the same. The report stated Cummins and David Warner could be rested for the West Indies tour because of personal reasons. Further, the report added Cummins would not play IPL 2021.
“David Warner and Pat Cummins could be rested from the West Indies tour because of family reasons – others could follow after a draining year in several bubbles – and Cummins, despite a multimillion-dollar IPL contract, has already said he will not return to the T20 tournament this season,” the report stated.
Many fans would know that the English players are doubtful for the second phase of IPL 2021 as well. Hence, the Kolkata Knight Riders could be without both Morgan and Pat Cummins in the second part of the season.
Pat Cummins did a decent job with the ball for the Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2021
Pat Cummins led the Kolkata Knight Riders’ pace attack in the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League. The right-arm pacer from Australia played all seven matches for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the first phase of IPL, scalping nine wickets and scoring 93 runs.
He emerged as a bowling all-rounder for the team, as he did well with the willow against the Chennai Super Kings at Wankhede Stadium. With Cummins unlikely to play in the second phase of IPL 2021, Lockie Ferguson could get a few games. Perhaps, KKR might also target a replacement before the 2021 IPL season resumes. It will be interesting to see what happens next in this matter.