Australian speedster Pat Cummins, who was brought by the Kolkata Knight Riders for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League in 2020, has jokingly said that his girlfriend wants to buy toys for their dog with the huge amount of money he will be receiving.
KKR bought Cummins at a humongous sum of INR 15.5 crore to make him the most expensive buy of the IPL 2020 auction, held in Kolkata on December 19.
“I don’t know (what to do with the money). My girlfriend… the first thing she said was ‘we can buy the dog a couple more toys now’. She has got her priorities sorted,” Cummins was quoted as saying to the reporters by IANS ahead of the boxing day Test between Australia and New Zealand.
“I will try my best not to change. Lucky, I have got good people around me. The boys in the team are great but also my family and friends. I still play cricket because I love it. I am really fortunate and grateful for everything that has happened,” he added.
Cummins had a base price of INR 2 crore, but his ongoing form with the ball put his value far beyond any expectation. The bidding war was going on between Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore before KKR came late into the scene and bought Cummins within two bids.
In the process, the 26-year-old has also become the most expensive overseas player in the history of IPL, surpassing Rising Pune Supergiants’ Rs 14.5 crores buy Ben Stokes. Cummins has also become the third richest player in the cash-rich league.
Cummins, who has also tried his luck with the Mumbai Indians, is currently the top-ranked bowler in Test cricket. He became the first bowler to claim 50 Test wickets in the calendar year 2019.
However, he has also impressed in white-ball cricket this year by claiming seven wickets from five T20Is against Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the start of the home season.