Australia with its share of contributors such as Adam Žampa a David Warnerthey witnessed Cummins’ courage under fire and unlikely heroics with the bat fueling the team’s revival after initial setbacks in the tournament.
After leading Australia to their first Test World Cup triumph in June, Cummins could become the fourth Australian captain to secure a 50-over world title on Sunday, joining Border, Waugh and Ponting.
Despite initial skepticism surrounding the fast bowler’s ability to captain, Cummins has defied expectations and silenced critics. Former captain Steve Waugh he acknowledges the importance of winning the World Cup, saying: “If you win the World Cup, it’s a real feather in your cap as a leader. That’s a legacy you can leave. It can never be taken away from you.”
Cummins played a key role in crucial victories, including an unbeaten 14 against South Africa in the semi-final, securing victory for the second time in the tournament. His partnership with Glenn Maxwell showed resilience against Afghanistan, with Cummins holding firm in an impressive knock of 12 not out from 68 balls, allowing Maxwell to reach a double century in the match.
Characterized by a relaxed atmosphere in the dressing room and on the field, Cummins’ leadership style contrasts with some of Australia’s former captains, earning him praise from teammates and cricket enthusiasts alike.
Cummins faced skepticism and criticism, especially after Australia failed to win the Ashes in England earlier this year. However, his vital contribution with the ball, exceptional fielding and strategic decisions played a key role in Australia’s eight consecutive tournament victories.
With the World Cup finals on the horizon, Cummins has the opportunity to cement his position as a successful captain, leading Australia to victory and leaving an indelible mark on the team’s legacy.
(With inputs from Reuters)
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