'So surprised to see him sit out - Yuvraj Singh questions Pat Cummins' exclusion from KKR setup

Pat Cummins scored a 14-ball 50 earlier this season against the Mumbai Indians.

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Former Indian batter Yuvraj Singh was surprised by the exclusion of Pat Cummins from the playing XI for the Kolkata Knight Riders for the game against Delhi Capitals. The Australian all-rounder was dropped from the lineup in the previous game with Tim Southee taking his pace and the latter went on to pick three wickets to keep his place in the side.

Cummins pulled off a stunning inning against the Mumbai Indians earlier with a 14-ball 50 and equaled the record of the fastest half-century of all time in IPL as well. However, apart from the match-winning knock with the bat, Cummins has failed to live up to his reputation with the ball and has been quite expensive at the back end of the innings. To add to his woes, he wasn’t getting enough wickets in the powerplay as well and it piled up a lot of pressure on him.

Pat Cummins is a world-class all-rounder: Yuvraj Singh

However, legendary batter Yuvraj wasn’t convinced by Cummins’s omission and noted that he was surprised to see the Australian on the bench unless he is injured. He felt that Cummins being a world-class all-rounder will win more games more often than not even if he misfires in a few of the matches.

“I’m so surprised to see @patcummins30 sit out unless he’s injured? World-class all-rounder. If someone has had 2 or 3 tough games does it mean u stop believing in your match winners? cause they can win you 3 in a row as well !! just my opinion #DCvKKR” Yuvraj tweeted.

Earlier Delhi Capitals won the toss and chose to bowl first at the Wankhede Stadium. KKR made three changes to their lineup with Baba Indrajith and Harshit Rana making their IPL debuts while Aaron Finch came into the lineup in place of Sam Billings. Shivam Mavi and Varun Chakravarthy had to miss out on the playing XI for KKR while Delhi Capitals presented the first opportunity to Chetan Sakariya this season.