The IPL 2024 auction concluded as a record-breaking event by witnessing the most expensive players in IPL history within an hour. The Australian pace bowler Pat Cummins’ captaincy in the World Cup 2023 finals increased his demand for all IPL franchises. Former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer predicts that SRH selected Pat Cummins for his excellent leadership skills.
As a result, Pat Cummins– the Australian World Cup winning captain, became the 2nd most expensive player in IPL history, grabbed by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for INR 20 crores.
Moreover, Cummins became the first player to surpass the 20-crore mark in the IPL auction history.
Earlier, Sam Curran was the costliest player in IPL history bagged by Punjab Kings (PBKS) for INR 18.5 crores during the IPL 2023 Auction.
SRH released 6 players ahead of the IPL auction 2024 and signed for the same amount of new cricketers in the grand event.
Also, the franchise grabbed Australia’s World Cup hero Travis Head for INR 6.8 crores and Sri Lanka’s key cricketer Wanindu Hasaranga for INR 1.5 crores.
Under Aiden Markram’s captaincy, Sunrisers Hyderabad finished as the table bottomers in the previous season. Having won only 4 out of 14 games, SRH aims to overcome the previous disastrous edition and aims for a fresh start, especially with the players they’ve chosen.
Ultimately, Sunrisers Hyderabad was one of the teams that nailed the IPL 2024 auction. Several top-tier players were brought by ticking almost every box.
Additionally, Wasim Jaffer about Pat Cummins’ captaincy shared his opinion while speaking to ESPNcricinfo. He indicates the captaincy shift at SRH with Pat Cummins taking over from Aiden Markram as skipper:
“The Franchise might observe a shift in captaincy. Possibly, Pat Cummins might be named as SRH captain. But, he has very little experience of captaining in this shorter format. Though he led his side in Tests and ODIs, Cummins hadn’t captained in a T20 format. Despite having a tough challenge, I believe that they have put together as a strong team”.
Highlighting the chances for a new SRH captain, the 45-year-old former batsman, added the facts about strengthening the spin-bowling attack:
“ 1,2,3 select themselves. It’s unclear who captains the team after Travis Head arrives. Will Pat Cummins or Wanindu Hasaranga play if Aiden Markram is captain? It forms another question. The spin-bowling attack needs to be bolstered which they achieved by welcoming both Indian and foreign players”.
Wasim indicates that either Cummins or Hasaranga can be a part of the playing XI if Aiden Markram continues as SRH captain.
A few days before, SRH Head coach and former New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori said that Pat Cummins as a new captain would be certainly discussed in the forthcoming months.
Former New Zealand seamer Simon Doull explained that SRH will extract the essence of Pat Cummins’ captaincy. After spending a whopping amount, the franchise has to mandatorily include him in the playing XI.
At the same time, not all experts predict that Pat Cummins can be a successful captain for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Former South African skipper Ab de Villiers feels that SRH can win the title under Markram’s captaincy. Irrespective of the rumors that Cummins can take over the captaincy, ABD still supports his teammate.
With 3 months before the IPL 2024 tournament, the debate about SRH seems to be endless. The Australian cricket team achieved many remarkable victories under Pat Cummins’ captaincy. Out of which, some of the best memorable moments include:
- Winner of the World Test Championship 2021-23.
- Leading as the series Winner in the ongoing 3-match test series 2023-24 against Pakistan with 2-0.
- Winner of the ICC World Cup 2023.
- Secured a 4-0 victory in the Ashes Test series 2021. It was indeed his first captaincy stint in tests.
Concluding facts about Pat Cummins’ Captaincy for SRH captain in IPL 2024
As the IPL trade window is still open after the IPL 2024 mini-auction, SRH can trade some players with a remaining purse value of INR 3.2 crores.
It wouldn’t be a surprising fact about Pat Cummins’ captaincy for SRH in IPL 2024, with the kind of history the franchise has in changing the captains and players.
However, Cummins missed the IPL 2023 due to his hectic workload. He is yet to prove himself as a match-winner in IPL.
Despite his success with the Australian team in international matches, he needs to establish his worth in the Indian Premier League as well.
Moreover, Pat Cummins would experience a perfect rehearsal in IPL 2024 ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024.
Finally, SRH seems to maintain a well-balanced side after the IPL 2024 auction.