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Pat Cummins named as Man on the Series after India defeat Australia in the 2020 Border-Gavaskar Trophy

January 20, 2021

Written By,

Payel Gosh

World no 1 ranked Test bowler Pat Cummins has been awarded the Man of the Series for the 2020 Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The Australian bowler picked up a superb 21 wickets in the entire Test series. No bowler managed to pick more wickets than Pat Cummins in the Test series. With this performance, Cummins proved why he is the no 1 ranked Test bowler in the world.

However, Cummins’s award could not spring joy to the Australian side as they lost the Test series 2-1 against India. Indian cricketer Rishabh Pant helped his side pull off an almost impossible victory from the clutches of the Australians. By winning the 4th Test at the Gabba, India broke Australian hearts. Pat Cummins felt that his side was outplayed by the Men in Blue.

After Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood was the highest wicket-taker in the Test series. Hazlewood scalped 17 wickets, with a bowling average of 19.35. Mohammed Siraj was India’s highest wicket-taker in the Test series with 13 wickets, average of 29.53. Even though Australia dominated the bowling department, they failed to win the 2020 Border Gavaskar Trophy.

Australia took the lead by winning the 1st Test. The visitors made a comeback in the next Test to make it 1-1. The 3rd Test was concluded as a draw, and the 4th was won by India. With this, India is now at the top of the ICC World Test Championships Table.

Cummins’s efforts in vain as Australia lose the Border Gavaskar-Trophy against India

Pat Cummins was arguably the most consistent bowler in the entire Test series. His 21 wickets came at a superb bowling average of just 20.04 and a terrific bowling strike rate of 46.3. No other bowler had a better strike rate than Pat Cummins in the 2020 Border Gavaskar Trophy.

Had he not bowled so well, Australia’s defeat margin would have been even bigger. The Australian vice-captain also played some cameos with the bat in the Test series. However, all of Cummin’s efforts went futile. Australia, for the 1st time since 1976, lost a Test at the Gabba. India showed great resilience and character to overcome all the odds and win the coveted Border Gavaskar Trophy. Clearly, Cummins did not deserve to be on the losing side.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh