The premier Australian batsman, Pat Cummins, who became the most expensive overseas player in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL) during the auctions last month, when Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bought him for ₹15.5 crores, is in India for Australia’s three-match ODI series. The pacer met a fan after reaching India, who gave him a special gift – a KKR jersey with Cummins’ name from 2015.
Cummins, who played for KKR before in two successive seasons in 2014 and 2015, expressed his thoughts in a video tweeted by the Kolkata based franchise about the gift and how it gave him a sense of nostalgia of his time with them before and the Eden Gardens.
Here is the video of Cummins’ reaction to the gift:
Pat Cummins is in India & was welcomed with a beautiful 🎁 by his fan 💜👕
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) January 14, 2020
In the video, Cummins was heard saying, “I’m here back in India and I’ve run into a fan and he’s gifted me this old KKR shirt from 2015. It brings back a lot of memories. I’m really excited about the season. Got some great memories at Eden Gardens. As a kid, I remember watching lots of cricket played there and just seeing 100,000 Indian fans going crazy.”
He further added, “And to be there in 2014 and 2015, winning in 2014, going back there for a ceremony and the stadium was packed! Just to welcome us home. I absolutely love it there. Can’t wait to make a lot more memories this season.”
Then, pointing at the logo on the jersey, Cummins went on to predict that KKR can win the trophy in the upcoming season.
The fiery pacer said, “So, I’m just looking closer at the logo. You can see two stars there because we’ve won two titles. I think this is the season we add an extra star to that.”
Apart from Cummins, KKR added to their firepower with the bat in the auction, investing in flamboyant English opener Tom Banton and the World Cup-winning England captain Eoin Morgan, who can be explosive in the middle order.