Adam Milne, the Kiwi pacer is called into the Mumbai Indians squad to replace Australian speedster, Pat Cummins. Pat Cummins is one of the costliest buys of this IPL season. Pat Cummins was out of this IPL season due to a back injury.
The Mumbai Indians called Adam Milne to replace Cummins for a deal of Rs.75 lakhs. He was unsold in the auctions this year. One of the reasons for his being unsold are, he played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the previous IPL edition. Out of 5 matches, he picked 4 wickets. He was very expensive with an economy rate of 9.8.
Cummins did not travel to India after the conclusion of test series against South Africa due to a sore back. The doctors confirmed that he cannot participate in IPL tournament and the cricket Australia officially announced this news on 10th April.
In this context, the Australian physiotherapist David Beakley said that “Pat experienced some back soreness during the fourth Test in South Africa. Follow-up scans have confirmed that he has bone edema in his vertebrae. It is important that Pat has time off bowling, to prevent the injury becoming more serious and consequently, we have made the decision to rule Pat out of the IPL.”
Milne is known for his raw pace and he is capable of using long levers with perfect consistency to hit the bat. He is the second New Zealander to replace Australian cricketers in IPL 2018. Earlier, Nathan-coulter-Niel was replaced by Corey Anderson for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
This 26-year old speedster is expected to be one of the powerful weapons in the arsenal of pace bowling department of Mumbai Indians. The Mumbai Indians are down in the points table in this IPL season due to three consecutive losses. They have to play well and win the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore today to make their way for play-offs.