Pat Cummins, the Australian right-arm fast bowler is currently playing for KKR in IPL 2020. He is currently the 1st ranked Test bowler with 904 points leading the likes of Stuart Broad, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner and others. Jasprit Bumrah, the Indian pacer is currently at 9th in the ICC Men’s Test Bowling Rankings. Cummins is a gifted bowler capable of bowling at 150 KMPH and swinging both ways. In the IPL however, it is a different story altogether.
IPL usually is not a good experience for pacers. Steyn, Southee, Saini, Dinda, Umesh Yadav and many other genuine pace bowlers have a really hard time bowling in the shortest format. When even a small knick could go for a six, it is understandable that these fast bowlers don’t perform well in the IPL. Although KKR have played just one game so far, it was the same story for Cummins. Bought in for Rs 15.5 Crores ($ 2.1 million) Cummins is the second costliest player in the IPL trailing Kohli who earns Rs 17 Crores.
Assuming Cummins plays 14 matches in IPL, he would cost 1.1 Crores ($ 148, 862) for each match. Since a bowler is allowed to bowl almost 4 overs, each over would cost Rs 27.67 Lakhs ( $37, 445). Cummins’ every bowl would cost KKR a staggering Rs 4.6 Lakhs ($ 6,277) by simple maths.
Of course, he doesn’t get the money for bowling those overs in IPL but for the amount of work he has done to become the player he is. He went for 49 runs in the 3 overs that he did against Mumbai Indians without taking any wickets. With the bat, however, he scored 33 off 12 balls. He also hit 4 sixes in Bumrah’s over which some would say is worth all that money. .