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How Pat Cummins helped Sunrisers Hyderabad create a legacy

The IPL would have been considerably poorer without SRH’s cavalier batting philosophy. Thrice, SRH sped past 250; the two highest team scores ever in the league are in Sunrisers’ name.

The day before the final against Kolkata Knight Riders, Pat Cummins jested: “My trophy-winning luck would end some day.” In the last 10 months, he has lifted the World Test Championship mace, kissed the urn and raised the ODI World Cup crown too.

Those words turned out to be eerily prophetic — Cummins finally lost a final — but he did not wear a beaten expression. In both defeat and victory, he remains splendidly dignified, neither celebrating triumphs with arrogance nor mourning losses with bitterness. Somehow, he keeps that genial, almost perfect, smile of his.

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