‘He should play base­ball’ — MLB fans rave over Cum­mins run out

Gulf Times Sport - - CRICKET -

Adelaide: Cricket might not be well un­der­stood in the United States, but base­ball fans were rav­ing about Aus­tralian Pat Cum­mins’ spec­tac­u­lar run out of In­dian cen­tu­rion Chetesh­war Pu­jara in the first Test at Adelaide.

The Aussie fast bowler pro­duced an amaz­ing piece of skill on Thurs­day to get to the ball with light­ning pace, snatch it up with one hand then throw it while in the air div­ing and twist­ing.

It shat­tered the stumps from side-on, with Pu­jara well short of the crease af­ter rashly at­tempt­ing a quick sin­gle on the sec­ond last ball of the day on Thurs­day.

Cum­mins’ ef­fort was all the more im­pres­sive as it came at the end of a long, hot day in which he had bowled 19 overs. For­mer Aus­tralian great Adam Gilchrist called it “the best run out ever” and his ex­ploits also im­pressed Ma­jor League Base­ball watch­ers.

“Check out this in­sane throw from Aus­tralian cricket dude and po­ten­tial fu­ture MLB third base­man Pat Cum­mins,” said a story on the of­fi­cial MLB web­site.

“Look, I don’t know enough about cricket to tell you what a ‘rapid over’ is or how im­pres­sive it is to com­pile 19 of those bad boys, but I can tell you that this bucket-hat­ted young Aussie would slot in phe­nom­e­nally as a big league in­fielder.”

The writer added: “Some­one give this cricket boy a Gold Glove and a con­tract.”

Cricket is a niche sport in the US, but is slowly gain­ing in pop­u­lar­ity, mostly among large ex­pat com­mu­ni­ties, and is seen as a po­ten­tially lu­cra­tive new mar­ket to help grow the game.

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