Pat Cummins’ Captaincy Under Scrutiny: Allan Border and Ian Healy Weigh In

Allan Border adds, “I thought Pat severely under-bowled himself in that Test match.”

Pat Cummins, the captain of Australia, is seen here commenting following the second cricket match between Australia and India in New Delhi.

The enormous pressure that Pat Cummins, the current Australian skipper, may be under after two consecutive devastating losses has been brought to light by Allan Border, the former captain of the Australian cricket team. Border compared the state of Cummins to a frequent query, such as whether or not toothpaste includes salt. It is clear that a fast bowler’s captaincy duties can be demanding, especially in a subcontinental environment where the weather is very different from what it is in Australia.

Border suggested that Cummins may have under-bowled himself during the test match against India, particularly in the Indian first innings when the team had the upper hand. Cummins may have missed opportunities to run in and bowl some short deliveries when things were starting to go off track, which could have put pressure on the Indian batsmen. However, Border also expressed sympathy for Cummins’ difficulties, stating that people often fail to comprehend how challenging it is to play in subcontinental conditions. He emphasized that even if someone is a batsman and the captain, there are many factors to consider, and things can go south quickly if they are not managed correctly.

Regarding Cummins, the fast-bowling captain, Border said on Sen Radio, “To me, the fast bowler, it’s always fraught with peril.”

“In that Test encounter, in my opinion, Pat seriously underbowled himself. There were times when we had them on the ropes and they had established a solid partnership with the bat, especially in the Indian first innings. Had he run in and bowled some short stuff for two or three overs, I think the batsman (captain) might have noticed it at that point “Added Border.

Due to his management of the national squad during a turbulent time in the 1980s, Allan Border is a well-known figure in Australian cricket. He succeeded Kim Hughes as captain, who had quit following a humiliating loss to the West Indies. Border had a reputation as a tough and irritable captain due to his steely demeanor and relentless concentration on success. Nevertheless, despite his reputation, Border has shown sympathy for the current skipper, Pat Cummins, who is currently battling the demands of captaincy on a fast bowler.

Border is aware that playing cricket on the Indian peninsula can be difficult, especially for fast bowlers like Cummins. He observes that the circumstances are very different from those in Australia and that the captain is under a great deal of strain. Border thinks that Cummins’ difficulties in the subcontinent are an assessment of his leadership skills and that it will take him some time to get used to the particular demands of the job. Border is worried, but he has faith that Cummins will recover and guide the Australian squad to victory.

“People don’t really understand how difficult it is; the sub-continent is a very distinct setting in which to play the game. It’s obvious that you must be mentally alert. When something isn’t going right and is heading south, it does so fast.

Even if you’re the skipper and a batsman in those circumstances, there is a lot going on.

There are probably other players on the field who could approach the skipper and ask, “Hey, why don’t you have a bowl?” Added Boundary.

Additionally, he explained how he sees Cummins’ trip to India as his first significant challenge as a captain.

“But I just felt that this was Pat’s first significant test as a captain—the rest had been easy sailing—and that when you go to the subcontinent, you suddenly find yourself put to the test in a variety of ways. He’s worried about so many various things that I believe he forgot to go bowling. When your best fast bowler serves as your skipper, that is what might occur in those circumstances.”

Border, who once threatened to send Craig McDermott back to Australia on the first plane if he behaved badly on the field, said Cummins and the Australian coach did not need to be harsh with the squad.

“Going into the dressing room and having a major meltdown after that show is completely pointless. Everyone is aware of their poor performance… Over a few beers, you should probably start the circle of truth and start discussing what the heck just happened and how to make sure it doesn’t happen again “Added Border.


“A little truth serum comes out, and you’re off, ideally making amends (for it) (in the next game)”

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