As Australia faces India in the mega-final, Cummins expresses pride in his team's remarkable year, aiming to cap it off with a World Cup triumph.
At the age of 30, Pat Cummins, Australia’s captain, dreams of leading an exceptional team to an unprecedented sixth World Cup title, triumphing over a formidable Indian side. Reflecting on his cricketing journey from childhood to witnessing Australia’s previous World Cup wins, Cummins envisions the privilege of lifting the trophy with his talented teammates. He acknowledges the significance of the World Cup, a once-in-four-years event, and views the opportunity as a career highlight.
As Australia faces India in the mega-final, Cummins expresses pride in his team’s remarkable year, aiming to cap it off with a World Cup triumph. With a squad boasting experience in previous World Cups, Cummins believes in his team’s ability to handle the pressure of the grand occasion. Embracing the challenge, Cummins encourages his players to enjoy the moment and looks forward to a memorable clash with India in front of a massive crowd in Ahmedabad.
“One thing that’s stayed consistent has been the morale in the group. The guys have been awesome. They’re so up for every game they play. And to put ourselves in a position of this, it would just top off an incredible year and probably a career-defining year that a lot of us will look back on in years to come and be pretty proud of,” the skipper looked content with his team’s form.
“I think it’s going to be an even match. The good thing is we have got six or seven guys that won it in 2015 so we know that feeling. Even more of the guys that were there in the T20 World Cup, different format, but pretty much everyone.
“Well at least a dozen of the 15, have won a World Cup and know what it takes and know that feeling and won’t be afraid to go out there and be brave and take the game on.” As far as the pressure of playing in-front of 132,000 spectators is concerned, Cummins wants his men to embrace the occasion, just like David Warner doing Allu Arjun’s ‘Srivalli hook step’ from blockbuster Telugu film ‘Pushpa’ “We play over here in India a lot so the noise is not something new – yeah, I think on this scale it’s probably bigger than we would have experienced before but it’s not something totally foreign to what we’ve had before.
“Everyone deals with it slightly differently. You see Davey [Warner] probably dancing and winning the crowd over other guys just staying in their own bubble – yeah it should be good.” Having beaten India in an ODI series in March, Cummins is confident of his team’s chances in the final but did term Mohammed Shami as India’s stand-out performer.
“I mean they’re all pretty well-rounded in all departments. You know the one guy that didn’t play at the start of the tournament, who’s done really well is obviously Mohammed Shami. He is a class bowler to right and left-armer, so yeah, he’s going to be a big one.” Even Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja are going to be pretty tough to face in middle-overs.
“They’ve got five guys who bowl 10 overs pretty much every match. I think their spinners have done well through the middle overs, Kuldeep and Jadeja, so they’re going to be a tough proposition like they always are. But you know, they’ve won every game, so they’ve been very impressive.”