Amidst the gaming downtime and unexpected captaincy role, Pat Cummins orchestrated Australia’s stunning victory against India in the World Cup final, completing a remarkable six-month run of success. Initially handed the captaincy due to Tim Paine’s departure after a scandal, Cummins navigated strategic challenges, opting to bowl first and orchestrating a masterful display of tactical bowling changes, restricting India to 240.
While Travis Head’s century grabbed headlines, it was Cummins’ leadership that set the tone for Australia’s triumph. His on-field prowess, marked by 22 bowling switches, showcased a captain in control. Cummins not only contributed with the ball but also exhibited a seamless transition between bowler and leader, a dual role he handles with finesse.
This victory added to Cummins’ impressive run, including the World Test Championship crown and an Ashes retention in England. The captain’s pivotal role in critical moments, such as dismissing Virat Kohli for 54, demonstrated his ability to thrive under pressure. The win, secured with seven overs to spare, left the vast Narendra Modi Stadium in stunned silence, as Cummins and his team gatecrashed India’s anticipated celebration.
Receiving the trophy from Prime Minister Modi, Cummins expressed the significance of winning a one-day World Cup, especially in India, in front of a crowd of 98,000. Despite his modesty, Cummins acknowledged the collective effort while recognising the pinnacle of international cricket.
This victory not only cements Cummins’ place among Australia’s great leaders but also stands as a testament to his ability to lead by example, both as a bowler and a captain. As the cricket world pauses to celebrate this World Cup triumph, Cummins emerges as the captain who answered the true call of duty, steering Australia to glory against formidable opponents on foreign soil.