Pat Cummins

R Ashwin decodes the brilliance of Pat Cummins in the World Cup Final

Pat Cummins

In his latest YouTube video*'World Cup 2023: A Reflection'*, R Ashwin dissected the genius of Pat Cummins in the final, referring to his spell as a 'game-breaking' phenomenon.

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Australia's skipper, Pat Cummins, delivered an outstanding performance with figures of 3/34 in his 10-over spell in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 Final against India.

After winning the toss, the Australian skipper sent India in to bat first, a decision that turned out to be a crucial move. Cummins bowled his complete 10-over quota and gave away just 34 runs. He also claimed two big wickets of Shreyas Iyer (4) and the in-form Virat Kohli (54).

Among all the bowlers who completed their 10 overs, Cummins bowled the most economical spell at 3.40, followed by Adam Zampa (4.40), Mitchell Starc (5.50) and Josh Hazlewood (6.00).

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Ashwin delved deep into Cummins' mastermind, dissecting why the Indian batters found it challenging to face him.

"Pat Cummins as an ODI bowler was struggling for quite some time in the World Cup," observed Ashwin. "But in the last 4-5 games leading up to the final almost 50% of the balls were cutters.

"And in the final, I don’t know how many people explained on TV, he has a 4:5 field, like an off-spinner – four on the off-side and five on the leg side," Ashwin explained.

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The Indian spinner pointed out that Cummins bowled his entire 10 overs without a mid-off.

"He bowled only three balls in the 6-meter mark towards the stump line (basically didn’t bowl full enough to allow the batters to drive) in the entire 10-over spell," Ashwin emphasized.

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Australia chased down the India total by the 43rd over mark.

"He knocked off crucial wickets in the final. And there were five fielders on the stump line – square leg, midwicket, deep square leg, mid-on, and long leg. He bowled his entire 10 overs without a mid-off. A game-breaking spell by Pat Cummins apart from calling the toss right," Ashwin added.

After bowling India out for 240, Australia chased down the target in 43 overs thanks to Travis Head's Player of the Match knock of 137 and Marnus Labuschagne's unbeaten 58.

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