IPL 2021 : MI vs KKR – Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders – Why Pat Cummins is not playing IPL – The two rivals team are playing against each other at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in UAE. This is the 34th match of IPL 2021. Fans are confused regarding Pat Cummins’ absence from KKR’s playing XI. The second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has started but several players have decided to pull out of it. Pat Cummins is one of those big names who have decided not to take part in the second phase of IPL 2021. See why is Pat Cummins not playing for KKR in IPL 2021.
The second leg of the Indian Premier League has already commenced from the 19th of September. The return of IPL has brought excitement and enjoyment for the cricket lovers. Fans are eagerly waiting to watch their favorite team’s matches and favorite player’s performance. The second half is taking place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Amidst all this excitement and competition, several international cricketers have pulled out of the IPL for certain reasons. Kolkata Knight Riders’ most expensive signing Pat Cummins is one of them. Pat Cummins is not playing IPL this season.
Why is Pat Cummins not playing for KKR in IPL 2021?
KKR purchased Australian Pat Cummins for a whopping 15.5 crores in IPL 2020 and since then, he has been the backbone of the bowling department of the franchise. Cummins has also proved himself with the bat. However, the Australian will not play in the second leg of the tournament. This is because his wife is pregnant and is due to give birth in around September or October. Cummins confirmed that he will not be available for IPL 2021 second leg in one of the Q&A sessions of his official YouTube channel in August.
Pat Cummins is not playing IPL and therefore Kolkata has signed New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee for the remainder of the Indian Premier League 2021 to fill the spot left by star all-rounder Pat Cummins in the squad. Southee last played for RCB in IPL.
Brendon McCullum, Head Coach of KKR said the following on replacement of Pat Cummins with Tim Southee:
“We are delighted to have Southee in our ranks. He is a proven match-winner and a welcome addition to the already strong pace attack of KKR. With Cummins being unavailable we wanted to add experience and leadership to our bowling group and Southee is the ideal man for the job.”