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Pat Cummins: The inspirational Australian skipper conquers everything, from championship titles to personal demons

<p>2023 will go down as the year of skipper Pat Cummins, as the gruff but silent Australian assassin led the team to multiple World Cup victories and ended the year with a thrilling victory over Pakistan in the Boxing Day Test, where he claimed ten wickets. On a personal note, Cummins lost his mother Maria to breast cancer in March of this year, so it’s undoubtedly not a year to remember.</p>
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<p>But the captain led from the front and made the Men in Yellow, the cricketing community, and most importantly, his mother, proud in an incredible tale full of tenacity, a great deal of mental and physical strength, and a strong sense of patriotism.</p>
<p>Here is a quick peak into Cummins’ 2023:</p>
<p>keeping the captaincy of the Ashes</p>
<p>With a lot of strain and high expectations on their shoulders, Australia traveled to the UK having not won the Ashes in England since 2001. Conversely, an invigorated England, spearheaded by captain Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum, was launching their ‘Bazball’ on their rivals.</p>
<p>With “ice in the veins” captain Cummins producing a gritty 44* and putting up a 55-run partnership with Nathan Lyon during a nervous but successful 281-run chase, the first Test at Edgbaston was an exciting match.</p>
<p>It set the tone for a fiercely contested, five-match Test series filled with everything from brilliant performances to never-ending arguments and controversy over the “Spirit of Cricket.” Australia won the Ashes in a 2-2 tie that concluded the series.</p>
<p>With 18 wickets, including a career-best 6/91, and 162 runs batted in nine innings, Cummins was the series’ standout performer.</p>
<p>winning the ICC World Test Championship final against India</p>
<p>India’s hunt for an ICC trophy continued as the Australians once again crushed the hearts of millions of Indian fans and players in the finals of the ICC World Test Championship. India eventually chased 444 runs in the fourth inning but was bundled out for only 234 runs after centuries from Travis Head and Steve Smith in the opening inning.</p>
<p>Four wickets were claimed by Cummins, including 3/83 in the first session that saw the removal of Ajinkya Rahane and captain Rohit Sharma.</p>
<p>gaining Australia’s sixth ICC Cricket World Cup</p>
<p>In India, Captain Cummins had the enormous challenge of defeating an unbeatable Team India in the ICC Cricket World Cup final. Australia replicated the astounding feats of the 2003 World Cup final, destroying the Men in Blue’s record 10-match winning run to ruins and prolonging their quest for a major title with some quick bowling, excellent field positioning, and a century from Travis Head.</p>
<p>During the competition, Cummins claimed 15 wickets while scoring 128 crucial runs in eight innings.</p>
<p>obtaining an Indian Premier League (IPL) contract of Rs 20.50 crores with SRH</p>
<p>Pat Cummins became the most expensive player in IPL history at one time when he signed a Rs 20.50 crore contract with Sunrisers Hyderabad at the most recent IPL auctions in Dubai. However, he was surpassed by colleague Mitchell Starc, who signed a Rs 24.75 crore contract with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).</p>
<p>triumph and a ten-wicket haul in the Boxing Day test at home</p>
<p>With one game remaining, Australia won the series 2-0 with Cummins’ 5/48 and 5/49 in both innings at the home Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Australia defeated a resolute Pakistan squad by 79 runs.</p>
<p>With 59 wickets in 24 games at the conclusion of the year, Cummins had the top bowling stats of 6/91. Of these wickets, 17 came from ODIs and 42 from Tests.</p>
<p>Cummins also turned up some noteworthy at-bat performances throughout the World Cup and Ashes, amassing 422 runs at an average of 21.10 in 28 innings this year. His instant classic debut Ashes Test score of 44* against England and his World Cup double-century stand of 12* with Glenn Maxwell against Afghanistan immediately spring to mind.</p>

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