Australia captain and Men's Cricketer Of The Year 2023, Pat Cummins lavished praise on Team India's star cricketers Ravindra Jadeja and Virat Kohli in a video uploaded by International Cricket Council (ICC) on its Instagram handle on Monday, January 29.
Kohli won the ICC Men's ODI Cricketer Of The Year 2023 last week for his spectacular comeback in ODIs last year, including his incredible campaign at the ODI World Cup. The former India captain was the highest run-getter of the tournament, amassing 765 runs at an average of 95.62 in 11 matches. Virat Kohli was adjudged Player of the Tournament award for his record-breaking batting performance.
While, Ravindra Jadeja was included in the ICC Men's Test Team of the Year 2023. The 35-year-old was the best all-rounder Team India last year as he scored 281 runs at an average of 35.12 and scalped 33 wickets at an average of 19.39.
Speaking to ICC, Pat Cummins hailed Kohli and Jadeja as the consistent performers, adding that they can pull the team out of the trouble.
"Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja are super consistent. There are games where you just...you can't keep them out of the game. They find a way to drag their team out of trouble and win it for them. To be alongside those guys has been really special." Australia skipper said.
Ravindra Jadeja is currently part of Team India in the ongoing five-match Test series against England. While, Virat Kohli has been ruled out for two Tests as he returned home due to personal reason. Royal Challengers Bangalore and Madhya Pradesh batter Rajat Patidar was added to squad as a replacement for Kohli.
Pat Cummins on winning ICC Men's Cricketer Of The Year 2023
Australia skipper Pat Cummins expressed his joy of being honoured with ICC Men's Cricketer of the year. He asserted that team success led him to win an individual honour, adding that cricket is a team sport where players going after tournaments and winning trophies together.
"It is a huge honour, it is been a big year with lots of wonderful team success and to get this individual honour is huge. We are a team sport where you play for kind of team wins and you’re going after tournaments and trophies together. In terms of an individual accolade, it’s right up there." Cummins said.
Under the leadership of Pat Cummins, Australia won World Test Championship, retained The Ashes and clinched ODI World Cup trophy last year. Cummins-led Aussies whitewashed Pakistan in three-match Test series this month.