IPL 2024: Tom Moody points out a key quality that Pat Cummins and MS Dhoni have in common

In a high-voltage Indian Premier League (IPL) showdown at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Pat Cummins led Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to a resounding victory over the formidable Chennai Super Kings (CSK), commanding the game with a convincing six-wicket triumph.

Pat Cummins leads Sunrisers Hyderabad to victory

The thunderous applause from the home crowd echoed through the stadium as Hyderabad climbed to fifth place in the standings, boasting 4 points and an impressive net run rate of +0.409, a testament to their stellar performances on home turf. Once again, SRH dazzled with their batting prowess, overpowering the CSK bowling attack with a display of masterful strokes and unwavering determination.

Milestone moment: Cummins’ 50 wickets in IPL

Despite establishing himself as a world-class bowler in the realm of Test and ODI cricket, Cummins demonstrated his leadership prowess in the IPL 2024 clash, leaving spectators awestruck with his astute strategic maneuvers. Notably, Cummins achieved a significant milestone during the same match against CSK, becoming the fourth Australian cricketer to claim 50 wickets in the prestigious cash-rich league.

Bowling prowess: Cummins’ impactful performance

His milestone moment arrived with the dismissal of Shivam Dube, marking the commencement of his illustrious journey to the half-century wickets mark. Cummins’ impactful performance extended beyond his milestone achievement, as he concluded the match with commendable figures of 1/29 from his allotted four overs. His adept bowling played a pivotal role in curbing CSK’s run-scoring capabilities, thereby contributing significantly to his team’s triumph. Thus far in the ongoing season, Cummins has showcased his bowling prowess by snaring five wickets across four matches, maintaining an impressive average of 24.86, with his standout bowling spell yielding figures of 2/20.

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Tom Moody pinpoints a crucial trait that connects Cummins with MS Dhoni

Tom Moody, the esteemed former Australian cricketer and ex- SRH coach, couldn’t contain his admiration for Cummins’ unorthodox captaincy tactics, drawing parallels with the legendary MS Dhoni. Moody lauded Cummins for his bold decision to entrust Abhishek Sharma with the ball instead of the seasoned campaigner Bhuvneshwar Kumar at the outset, praising his innovative thinking and penchant for making daring choices that often yield unexpected success.

“The one thing I like about Cummins is he is a bit like MS Dhoni. He is prepared to make a decision that most people don’t think about but makes you feel like ‘Why didn’t I think about that?,” Moody was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

“Like the Abhishek Sharma over. It was quite an odd decision when you look at the other options they could have gone with. You have arguably the best new ball bowler in IPL history in Bhuvneshwar Kumar. You have got an off-spinner against left-handers. You think Markram would be another one. There was plenty of other ways he could have gone. But he committed to that and it looked like from the get go, he convinced himself that it was the right decision,” the 58-year-old concluded.

Next clash against Punjab Kings

Looking ahead, Sunrisers are poised to face Punjab Kings (PBKS) in their next showdown on Tuesday (April 9), at the Maharaja Yadavindra Singh International Cricket Stadium in Mullanpur, Chandigarh. PBKS enter the contest riding the wave of a thrilling victory against Gujarat Titans, fueled by standout performances from their emerging talents, setting the stage for another exhilarating clash of cricketing titans.

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