Impressed with the way India and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batsman Shubman Gill approaches his game, KKR’s pace spearhead Pat Cummins heaped rich praise on the young, prodigiously talented right-hand batsman ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.
Cummins, who played alongside Gill in the last year’s edition of the IPL, was an integral part of the Australian attack when the youngster announced his arrival to the Test match arena in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy earlier this year.
Gill scored 259 runs, including three half-centuries, at an average of 51.80 from his six innings of the series which India historically clinched 2-1. Gill’s series tally included a stellar knock in the final Test in Brisbane where he nearly made his debut century in the traditional whites.
“I Get Along Really Well With Shubman Gill”, Says KKR’s Pat Cummins Ahead of IPL 2021
Ahead of the 14th edition of the IPL which begins on April 9, Cummins, during an Instagram live organised by KKR, said he admires Gill’s batsmanship and also how relaxed he is about his cricket both on and off the field.
“He’s good, he’s young,” Cummins said on Gill. “He wants to take the game on and is really relaxed. “He doesn’t take cricket or life too seriously. So it’s good fun to be with him.”
“I get along really well with Shubman. It was a great debut for him last summer in Australia. We had some good contests out in the field. I really feel happy for him, he had a great start to his Test career,” he added.
After playing the entire IPL 2020 outside India in UAE last year, teams will once again be denied of the home ground advantage in the league’s forthcoming edition. The IPL 2021 will be following a caravan system amid the COVID-19 scare and will play all their matches in neutral venues.
For KKR, this means no games at their beloved Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Cummins spoke about the same and said it’ll be a touch disappointing not to be able to play in front of their fans. The pacer, however, urged the KKR fanbase to still maintain its support for the two-time winners through other mediums.
“Just looking forward to playing for you guys this season. I know, unfortunately, we’re not going to get up to Kolkata and see you in person but yeah give us all the love on social media,” he said.
“We see it all and we absolutely love it, and we’ll be trying our best for you, so stick with us and yeah hopefully see you all soon,” Cummins added.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will start their IPL 2021 campaign on Sunday (April 11) in Chennai versus Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).