Australia captain Pat Cummins thanked England’s cricket supporters club “Barmy Army” as they paid a touching tribute to his ill mother. Pat, meanwhile, shared her feelings with the world on the social media platform Twitter as well. However, Cummins said that his mother Maria, who was seriously ill and receiving palliative care at the time, has watched Barmy Army dedicate the song ‘Maria’ from Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise’s ‘West Side Story’ (1961) as well.
“This is amazing @TheBarmyArmy, thank you. Mum loved watching this and felt very touched?” he wrote on Monday. Returning to the rivalry between the supporters, the Barmy Army, replied: “See you in the summer”.
This is amazing @TheBarmyArmy, thankyou. Mum loved watching this and felt very touched ❤️ https://t.co/A1iwnJSUYn
— Pat Cummins (@patcummins30) February 27, 2023
However, during England’s second Test against New Zealand, the famous supporters group the Barmy Army made the gesture with a lone trumpeter playing a stirring rendition of “Maria” from West Side Story as well. Pat Cummins, who will miss the third Test against India, which begins on Wednesday, looks to miss the fourth and final Test as well. And, Steve Smith, Australia’s captain from 2015 to 2018, will lead the team.
On the other hand, Cummins’s teammate Peter Handscomb praised the Australian skipper’s resilience.
“It’s pretty understandable that Pat’s gone home and it’s always going to be family first – that’s a good mentality around this group,” Handscomb said in Delhi on Sunday. “There’s a lot of empathy going towards Pat, and the boys have been sending messages and wishing him and his family lots of love and support.”