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Huge IPL money doesn’t mean the ball suddenly swings more, says Pat Cummins of KKR

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KKR pacer Pat Cummins

Australian pace copy Pat Cummins feels sold for big money in IPL the auction puts a different kind of pressure on the players, as good performance can never be guaranteed.

The 27-year-old is one of the most expensive foreign players in the popular league. Kolkata Knight Riders gave him a huge Rs 15.50 crore for him in the 2019 IPL player auction.

Chris Morris became the most expensive foreign purchase to date at this year’s auction when the Rajasthan Royals bought the South African station wagon for Rs 16.25.

Cummins said the player is always under pressure to perform in professional cricket.

“Whenever you play professional cricket everywhere, there will be a lot of pressure. If you get out of a good game, there is pressure to do it again, if you get out of a bad game, there is pressure to perform,” he told his IPL franchise KKR on the official website.

“I guess the auction brings a different kind of pressure. We just have to try and manage this. Just because you went for more money, doesn’t mean that the ball suddenly swings more or the wicket is suddenly greener or the boundaries are bigger. “

As KKR failed to qualify for the playoffs, Cummins finished the previous edition with 12 wickets from 14 games at an economic rate of 7.86.

“It’s the same playing field, so I’m just trying to focus on what I’m doing well. I guess that will lead to the best success for KKR while I’m here,” added Cummins.

Cummins, who was also part of the franchise in 2014, when the league was played in India and the UAE, said he learned a lot of bowling under conditions other than Australia.

“I have amazing memories. My first attempt to play with players outside of Australia, my first taste of IPL. I watched a lot on TV and yes, I really liked it.

“It’s hard to bowling here in India or the UAE. The wickets are different from those in Australia, the pitch is smaller. So you have to learn and find different ways. We have amazing people around the team to we are learning.

“I have a few months to spend with Jacques Callis. I loved this experience, it made me starve for more,” he added.

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