Ashwin Surprised by SRH's Cummins Captaincy Appointment

Ashwin Surprised by SRH's Cummins Captaincy Appointment

Ravichandran Ashwin, India's off-spinner, has expressed surprise over SunRisers Hyderabad's (SRH) decision to appoint Pat Cummins as captain. SRH had previously sacked Aiden Markram, who led their sister franchise, SunRisers Eastern Cape (SEC), to consecutive SA20 league titles.

Ashwin stated that he was shocked by the move, especially considering Markram's success with SEC. He suggested that SRH could have benefited from Markram's experience and leadership skills.

"SunRisers have hit two titles back to back at the SA20. They've done it with two extraordinary teams. I was quite shocked, actually. They have made Pat Cummins the captain. I was having a small hunch that they would go with Markram. Markram had an extraordinary season for his franchise in the SA20. The cross-pollination would have been amazing," Ashwin said.

While acknowledging Cummins' credentials as a world-class player, Ashwin raised concerns about the potential for a "problem of plenty" in SRH's leadership department. He suggested that the franchise could struggle to accommodate the leadership aspirations of multiple star players.

"Pat Cummins is a no-brainer. But with Cummins as a captain, they will have a problem of plenty in the team with so many stars. Keeping Travis Head as backup, they would go for Markram, Pat Cummins, (Heinrich) Klaasen, and (Wanindu) Hasaranga. Because Hasaranga is a crucial facet for them. If they decide Hasaranga is not needed, in some venues they can play (Fazalhaq) Farooqi or Marco Jansen instead of him. This is what I thought because it makes sense," he added.

Cummins, who has never captained a team in T20 cricket, expressed his excitement about leading SRH in IPL 2024. He emphasized the importance of an aggressive start to the season and praised the team's young talent.

"So, a bit of planning to go and then just wanna get off to a really good start. T20s are hard. Kolkata's a good team, but I think just wanna see a really aggressive, start to the season," Cummins said.

SRH will begin their IPL 2024 campaign against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens.

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