David Warner has heaped praise on Pat Cummins for his performance in the World Cup 2023 final against India on Sunday. Warner said that Cummins made a comeback after being criticized during the Ashes and after Australia lost their first two World Cup matches against India and South Africa.
“He has been so calm the whole time,” David Warner said. “He was criticized in England for his field placements, which were defensive and all that. He copped it again when we got off to a slow start. It’s not fair. The captain is leading the ship, but as a whole unit, we take responsibility ourselves.”
Pat Cummins finished with figures of 10-0-34-2 and helped Australia restrict India to 240 in 50 overs. He got the wicket of Shreyas Iyer and then dismissed Virat Kohli, who won the Player of the Tournament award after finishing as the leading run-scorer.
“Yesterday was a testament to the way we went about it,” David Warner said. “As a captain, to be brave and make a decision was phenomenal. Yesterday, the way he bowled was unbelievable. That was his best spell in the whole tournament. Great players stand up when it’s time to deliver and yesterday, he truly did that.”
Cummins finished the World Cup with 15 wickets from 11 matches at an economy rate of 5.75 with his best figures of three for 51 coming against South Africa in the semi-final at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Cummins was also praised by his teammate Steve Smith, who said that he was “the perfect captain for this team”.
“He’s a great leader and he’s always there for his team,” Steve Smith said. “He’s always there to offer support and guidance, and he’s always there to make the tough decisions. He’s a great player and he’s a great captain.”
Cummins’ performance in the World Cup was a testament to his character and his ability to handle pressure. He is a true leader and he will be a key player for Australia for many years to come.