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India Vs Australia: Silence of crowd when Virat got out was most satisfying: Cummins


Perhaps the “sweetest moment” the Australian skipper has ever experienced on a cricket field was the deafening silence of over 90,000 supporters at the Narendra Modi Stadium, as Pat Cummins painlessly bowled Virat Kohli in the final of the Earth. After becoming the fifth Australian captain to win his country a sixth ODI World Cup here on Sunday, Cummins admitted he has “fallen in love with the 50-over format all over again”.

He found Kohli, who was well settled on 54, with a delivery that had extra bounce and the Indian batsman played trying to jab it towards the covers.

“Yes, I think so,” Cummins nodded affirmatively when asked if the silence was his sweetest experience on a cricket field.

In fact, going against their custom, the Aussies had a second huddle to acknowledge how big the moment was in the game.

“We took a second in the huddle just to acknowledge the silence that was going around the crowd. It felt like it was one of those days when everything was done for him to score another hundred like he usually does and it was That’s satisfying,” Cummins said.

He believes the ODI World Cup is here to stay as it has got its own legacy and also players have their stories to tell and maybe the bilateral series is the problem. “I have to say, maybe because we won, I fell in love with ODI again this World Cup. I think that the story in which each game is really important, that it means a little different and just bilateral,” he admitted. “I mean, the World Cup has such a rich history, I’m sure it will be around for a long time. Yes, there have been so many great games, so many great stories within the last few months. So, I think with me that is definitely a place.”

He lost his mother in March, during a tour of India, which he had to cut short.

He returned, leading the country to the World Test Championship title, got the coveted Ashes, and now got what he called the “pinnacle of this sport”.

Australia’s ‘Captain Marvel’ has achieved it all.

“Yes, I mean at this moment I’m just extremely proud of the year we’ve had. I’ve obviously had a very big year,” he said.

He spoke of the sacrifices made by everyone in the team and their families.

“I know my family is at home watching, I got a message from dad saying he has a lot of 4am wake ups, not going to bed until 4am, so he’s as pumped as anything. The Australia.”

But this was as good as going through all that in search of this day.

“Everybody in the team has and we’ve spent a lot of the year away but we do it in these moments and my wife and two girls are probably sleeping, but they’re all pumped, they do the trip with us.

“So everybody has their own story, but there’s a lot of pride in that in our team,” Cummins said.

From his hotel room, he saw Indian supporters, all clad in blue, walking towards the stadium. He felt a nervous energy, pacing up and down his hotel room.

“I always like to say I’m pretty relaxed but I was a bit nervous this morning,” he admitted.

“Just walking around, waiting for it to start, watching the blue sea in the hotel come closer to the ground.

“Looking out at the blue sea, there were cars parked with selfie cameras out, you knew you were walking into something pretty special,” Cummins described his pre-match experience.

“And then to walk out for the toss and just see 130,000 Indian blue shirts, it’s an experience you won’t forget.

The official attendance for the game was 92,543.

Gambling pays off


Amidst all the emotions, the skipper spoke about Travis Head, the man who always messes with India, be it the WTC final or the ODI World Cup final. The Indian team has no answer for him.

“Travis Head was great. A lot of credit should also go to Andrew McDonald and George Bailey, the selectors, to take a punt,” he was all praise for the backroom team, who had his own conviction in why they needed him the southpaw in the mix.

In fact, there was a chance that the decision could have led to a boom.

“He had a broken finger, a broken arm for half the tournament, but it was a big risk to keep him in the squad.

“And the medical staff were great, of course, to get him into a place where he could function. So it was a big risk.”

“I think we could have done it to look really stupid if that didn’t pay off, but you have to take those risks to win a tournament,” he said.

The skipper couldn’t be happier for a player who is ready to put everything on the line for the team.

“Trav, the player we’ve seen in Tests, epitomizes everything I want in a cricket team. He takes the game forward, he plays with a smile, he puts pressure back on the opposition, and he’s just great fun to be around. ‘couldn’t be happier for Trav,” the skipper would not stop gushing in his friend’s praise.

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