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‘He’s a Test bowler… ‘T20 is not his best format,’ says Jason Gillespie of Pat Cummins’ Rs 20.50 crore bid in the IPL 2024 auction.

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Former Australia pacer Jason Gillespie has questioned whether Pat Cummins’ asking price at the recent Indian Premier League auction at Dubai’s Cola Cola Arena was justified.

Cummins, who captained Australia to their sixth World Cup title in India last month, was signed by the Sunrisers Hyderabad for a whopping Rs 20.50 crore. Teams such as the Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals entered the auction with a smaller purse than SRH paid for Cummins, making him the first cricketer in IPL history to command a price tag greater than Rs 20 crore.

After starting at Rs 2 crore, his asking price skyrocketed as four teams fought for his signature: Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Chennai Super Kings, and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

“We’ve seen Pat is a quality bowler and a quality leader.” “I just don’t think T20 is his best format,” Gillespie, a former Australia pacer, told SEN Radio. “In my opinion, he’s a Test bowler.” “I believe Test cricket is his bread and butter.”

Cummins has taken 55 wickets in 50 T20Is, with an average of 24.54 and an economy rate of 7.37.

“Make no mistake, he’s a good T20 bowler.” “However, that’s a lot of overs for me,” Gillespie added.

Gillespie, on the other hand, stated that there was no doubt about the price tag that another Australian commanded in the auction: Mitchell Starc, who was purchased by the Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 24.75 crore.

Starc last appeared in the IPL in 2015, which was eight seasons ago. Starc has typically preferred to play for Australia’s national team over playing for an Indian franchise.

In just two seasons in the IPL, he took 34 wickets in 27 games at an average of 20.38.

Regardless, Gillespie thought the KKR team got a good deal.

“I think he’s a fantastic buy.” We all know it’s a lot of money, but the IPL is a very wealthy tournament. I couldn’t be happier for Mitch.

“I think it just shows how much left-arm fast bowling and left-arm swing bowling at pace are valued by teams,” Gillespie said.

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