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Is Pat Cummins really like MS Dhoni? SRH captain’s ‘odd decision’ definitely has hint of CSK great

Is Pat Cummins really like MS Dhoni? SRH captain’s ‘odd decision’ definitely has hint of CSK great

Pat Cummins, captain of the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), has once again impressed with his astute leadership, leading his team to a convincing six-wicket victory over the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL 2024. This win, achieved while chasing a modest target of 166, was largely due to some bold tactical decisions by the SRH […]

Pat Cummins, captain of the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), has once again impressed with his astute leadership, leading his team to a convincing six-wicket victory over the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL 2024. This win, achieved while chasing a modest target of 166, was largely due to some bold tactical decisions by the SRH skipper.

Aiden Markram Anchors SRH Chase

Chasing 166, SRH openers Abhishek Sharma and Travis Head got off to a flying start. While Head fell early, Sharma continued his aggressive knock, scoring a quickfire 37 runs off just 12 deliveries. Aiden Markram then took over the mantle, anchoring the chase with a solid 50 off 36 balls, guiding his team to victory in 18.1 overs.

Pat Cummins’ “Odd Decision” Pays Off

The turning point of the match arguably came in the very first over. Instead of opting for the experienced Bhuvneshwar Kumar, a proven new-ball bowler, Pat Cummins surprised everyone by handing the opening over to the young Abhishek Sharma.

This unconventional move initially raised eyebrows, but it proved to be a masterstroke. Sharma capitalized on the opportunity, putting CSK on the back foot from the get-go.

Tom Moody likens Pat Cummins to MS Dhoni

Former cricketer and commentator Tom Moody was highly impressed with Cummins’ tactics, drawing a comparison between the SRH skipper and the legendary MS Dhoni. “The one thing I like about Cummins is he is a bit like MS Dhoni,” Moody said in a post-match chat with ESPNCricinfo.

“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? Like the Abhishek Sharma over. It was quite an odd decision… But he committed to that and it looked like from the get go, he convinced himself that it was the right decision.”

SRH Climb Points Table

This victory has propelled SRH to the fifth position in the points table, while CSK remains in third place with a better net run rate despite having the same number of points (4).

Pat Cummins Reflects on Win

Speaking after the match, Pat Cummins acknowledged the importance of securing the win and praised the electrifying atmosphere created by the crowd on MS Dhoni entry.

He also humorously commented that he wouldn’t have relished the prospect of bowling to the explosive duo of Abhishek Sharma and Travis Head at the top of the order.

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