Patrick James Cummins is an Australian international cricketer, currently co-vice-captain of Australia's national team in all formats. He is a fast bowler and a qualified right-handed batsman of the lower order. Pat indeed became the bright light of cricket in the wake of Australia's ball-tampering scandal. He tallied 9 wickets in 141runs in a Test series against South Africa - the scene of his debut as an 18-year-old in 2011 - when Australia fell on them in Cape Town and then stood tall in terms of rebuilding over the next 12 months, taking a total of seven wickets and a thrilling two-wicket win against South Africa to win the series at Wanderers stadium. Cummins made his debut to play for New South Wales during the 2010–11 Season, and was particularly impressive in his first Big Bash season - topping the bowling chart with 11 wickets at 14.09, scoring only 6.59 runs per over.
Known as the future leader of Australia's Pace Attack, he was offered a central contract for 2011–12, becoming the youngest player to contract since the current system was introduced in 1998. In 2017-18, he played five consecutive Tests against England, making a stunning pace trio with Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. He played all six Tests in the domestic summer of 2018–19 but continued to be managed as one of Australia's most valuable assets. He became the world's No. 1 ranked Test bowler and claimed Australia's prestigious Allan Border Medal for being the cricketer of the year 2018-19. In the 2020 IPL auction, he was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders at a price of Rs 15.5 crore, where he became the most expensive overseas player in IPL auction history. In January 2020, Cummins was named as Test Cricketer of the Year by the International Cricket Council (ICC).