Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag heaped praise on Australian captain Pat Cummins after Australia’s thrilling victory over England in the first Test of the Ashes 2023. Sehwag compared Cummins to the legendary MS Dhoni, calling him the new “Mr. Cool” in Test cricket.
Cummins led Australia to a nail-biting two-wicket win at Edgbaston, with the pacer himself scoring the winning runs against Ben Stokes’ side. Sehwag took to Twitter to express his admiration for Australia’s clinical performance and made a special mention of Dhoni, relating Cummins to the iconic “Captain Cool” title.
Virender Sehwag tweeted, “What a Test Match. One of the best I have seen in recent times. Test cricket is Best Cricket. Was a gutsy decision by England to declare just before close on Day 1, especially considering the weather. But Khawaja was outstanding in both innings and @patcummins30 is the new Mr. Cool in Test cricket.”
What a Test Match. One of the best I have seen in recent times. Testcricket is Best Cricket.
Was a gutsy decision by England to declare just before close on Day 1, especially considering the weather. But Khawaja was outstanding in both innings and @patcummins30 is the new Mr.… pic.twitter.com/9QqC2hjyzr
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 20, 2023
Cummins played remarkable innings under pressure, forging a memorable partnership with Nathan Lyon. Despite Australia’s precarious position at 209/7 while chasing a target of 282 runs, Cummins remained composed and contributed a crucial 44 runs off 73 balls. The pair’s 55-run partnership ultimately guided Australia to a sensational victory.
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Sehwag’s praise for Cummins and the comparison to Dhoni’s “captain cool” persona highlighted the Australian captain’s calmness and composure in high-pressure situations. Meanwhile, Dhoni, who earned the moniker for his calm demeanor while leading the Indian team, recently underwent knee surgery following an injury that troubled him during the IPL 2023 season. The veteran cricketer is expected to recover in time for the next season.