Even a small finger injury in the bowling hand is more than enough to rule a bowler out of action. However, Australia speedster Pat Cummins has been ruling the world and one cannot really fathom the fact that the world number one Test bowler is missing the top portion of his middle finger.
The mere thought of a bowling outrageous out-swingers without having the top portion of the middle finger seems absurd. But Cummins has turned out to be an exception. Cummins had lost the part of his finger due to a freak accident in his childhood. The Australia star was around three years old when he lost that part.
His sister accidentally slammed the door on his finger, taking about a centimeter off the injured finger. Fortunately, it did not stop Cummins from becoming a cricketer and he is now one of the best bowlers in the world right now.
“It doesn’t really affect me because the affected finger is about the same length as the other one (the index finger),” Cummins had said in an interview in 2011 on the eve of his international debut. He had jokingly added that he still gets his sister in tears because she had slammed a door on his finger.
Cummins’ starring role in Ashes triumph
Pat Cummins has led Australia’s attack in the ongoing Ashes brilliantly. Cummins has delivered whenever Australia needed him to in the series. So far, he has picked up an impressive 24 wickets in four games of the series. He is the only Australian fast-bowler who has played in all the games of the series so far. Cummins is part of the Australia squad for the final Test as well and will look to add more to his impressive tally.
Australia, meanwhile, have taken an unassailable 2-1 lead in the five-match series. They thrashed the hosts by 185 runs in the fourth Test to take the lead. Courtesy of that win, the visitors have also retained the Ashes. Australia now have the chance to win their first Ashes in England since 2001. A draw in the fifth and final game will be enough for them to secure a famous series win.
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