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IPL 2017: Pat Cummins wants to take Zaheer Khan home to Australia

Pat Cummins praised Zaheer Khan’s captaincy of Delhi Daredevils, especially as a fine bowlers’ leader, and wants to take the former India pacer back home to Australia.

ipl 2017 Updated: Apr 18, 2017 19:37 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Pat Cummins,Delhi Daredevils,Zaheer Khan
Pat Cummins of Delhi Daredevils bowls during the 2017 Indian Premier League against Rising Pune Supergiants in Pune on April 11.(BCCI)

Delhi Daredevils (DD) may not have got a favourable result in their recent match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Monday, but they had plenty of positives to take away from the game.

The four-wicket defeat to KKR is the second in the 2017 Indian Premier League season for the Daredevils.

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However, Sanju Samson’s agile fielding and Pat Cummins’ improving relationship with captain Zaheer Khan is sure to delight DD fans.

Speaking to reporters after the defeat, Australian pacer Pat Cummins praised Zaheer’s captaincy and said he enjoyed the novelty of playing under a bowler.

“I wish I could take him (Zaheer Khan) back to Australia with me,” Cummins said.

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“I’m really enjoying playing with him. It’s not often you get a bowler as a captain and especially such an experienced one,” he said.

Zaheer and Cummins are part of the Daredevils bowling attack that also includes Chris Morris and Amit Mishra.

Despite the results not going the team’s way — two wins and two losses in four matches so far — the bowling combination has proved to be a positive for Delhi.

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Shedding light on what works for the DD bowlers, Cummins said he enjoyed himself because Zaheer gave him the freedom to bowl as he pleased without worrying about field placements and conceding boundaries.

“You want to bowl a yorker, bowl a yorker. You want to bowl a bouncer, bowl a bouncer,” is what Zaheer told Cummins during the match.

Knight Riders’ Manish Pandey had the biggest impact on the game, scoring an unbeaten 69 off 49-balls which included a 110-run partnership with Yusuf Pathan (59 runs from 39 balls).

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Pathan was sent in to bat after Kolkata had lost three wickets for 21 runs within the first three overs.

Cummins admitted that Delhi might have gone tactically astray after the first three wickets which allowed KKR to control the match.

First Published: Apr 18, 2017 19:37 IST