But with Knight Riders looking unlikely to progress beyond the group stage, and Australia facing a very busy year which includes a T20 World Cup title defence in October, Cummins has decided to step back and get his body right. The 29-year old had already been rested from the T20I leg of the Sri Lanka tour. But given his status as Test captain and new-ball bowler across formats, he is likely to be heavily involved in the team’s other assignments, namely a five-Test home summer, a Test tour of India and an Ashes campaign in England.
Pat Cummins’ stint at the IPL in 2022 has been cut short by a hip injury. It is understood that he has returned home to Sydney to start recovery from what is considered a minor problem and is expected to be fit in time for Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka next month.
Cummins came into the IPL on the back of a highly successful tour of Pakistan. His 5 for 56 and 3 for 23 in Lahore were instrumental in Australia winning that series 1-0. Before that, in his first series as captain, he led the side to a resounding Ashes victory, picking up 21 wicket across four Tests.