Cummins opens up about tough cricket schedule

He is regarded as one of the best bowlers in the world

By Web Desk
May 09, 2023

The Australian skipper Pat Cummins recently gave an interview where he talks about how relentless cricket schedule is and also talked about his life after the death of his mother.

Cummins left Australia’s tour to India mid-way in February to spend time with his dying mother.

In a chat with England football legend Rio Ferdinand, the Australian skipper said he had sought to find other things in his life outside of cricket.

“Cricket’s basically 12 months of the year; there’s always a cricket game going on somewhere, and I played non-stop for a year or two,” Cummins told WeAre8’s Get Real with Rio.

He talked about the first time he felt “burnt out” due to non-stop cricket. While also confirming that he will play till he is 35.

"This is about four or five years ago, (when) I kind of just came back from injuries,” he said. "And I was just spent, like burnout and I just remember thinking 'geez I'm 25 here but I want to do this until I'm 35' I've got to find a way to balance all these different things."

Cummins’ passion outside of cricket is a foundation “Cricket for Climate” he helped set up to reduce the sport's carbon footprint. He has been criticised by some commentators for his involvement in the cause and he has turned a deaf ear to such words.

“We’d (Cricket for Climate) love to go overseas, India, England, there’s so much scope for making a change in those places,” Cummins said.

“I try to do my little bit to normalise the conversation and make a bit of difference to make his (son Albie) future a bit better," he said. I’d love to sit back in 10-20 years and just show the huge impact we’ve made.”

Cummins talked about his life after the death of his mother. As per the Australian captain, he is still processing his precious loss.

"It's still pretty raw at the moment but the last few months been luckily enough to spend loads of time with mum," he said. "But (also) us as kids, and (with) dad, and just sharing all those memories together.

"I think it hits home the kind of person you want to be, the kind of father you want to be. So from that side, it's been quite good. Lots of memories. But in terms of the grief I guess we'll keep working through that,” he added.

The Australian skipper will return to lead Australia in the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) final against India at The Oval, London on June 7 for the first time since February.