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Captain Cummins ends Sunrisers' playoffs drought

Australia skipper Pat Cummins has translated his leadership skills expertly to the IPL, guiding Sunrisers Hyderabad to the playoffs

Pat Cummins has passed the latest demanding examination of his captaincy skills by steering his Sunrisers Hyderabad team into the playoffs of the Indian Premier League.

The Australian skipper, who has consistently proved his leadership acumen by guiding the national team to the World Test Championship title, ODI World Cup crown and an Ashes retention, has also blossomed as captain of the ambitious franchise team in Hyderabad this term.

He had been hoping that his Travis Head-inspired outfit would roar into the final-four knockout stage by beating the already eliminated Gujarat Titans on Thursday, but the weather did the job for him, a persistent downpour prompting a wash-out at Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi Stadium. 

Cummins and Gujarat captain Shubman Gill shake hands as the match is abandoned // Getty

The one point awarded was enough to ensure they became the third team to officially qualify for the playoffs, and after reaching 15 points in the league, they could still finish among the top two should they beat Punjab Kings in the last league game and Rajasthan Royals lose to table-topping Kolkata Knight Riders.

It will be Sunrisers' first appearance in the final four since 2020. 

Cummins and Head, who've both had a standout tournament, will join their fellow Aussie, KKR's Mitchell Starc in the knock-out stages.

Matches played
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Net Run Rate
Total points
1 Kolkata Knight Riders Kolkata Knight Riders KKR 14 9 3 0 2 1.428 0 20
2 Sunrisers Hyderabad Sunrisers Hyderabad SUN 14 8 5 0 1 0.414 0 17
3 Rajasthan Royals Rajasthan Royals RAJ 14 8 5 0 1 0.273 0 17
4 Royal Challengers Bengaluru Men Royal Challengers Bengaluru Men RCB 14 7 7 0 0 0.459 0 14
5 Chennai Super Kings Chennai Super Kings CSK 14 7 7 0 0 0.392 0 14
6 Delhi Capitals Men Delhi Capitals Men DEL 14 7 7 0 0 -0.377 0 14
7 Lucknow Super Giants Lucknow Super Giants LSG 14 7 7 0 0 -0.667 0 14
8 Gujarat Titans Gujarat Titans GUT 14 5 7 0 2 -1.063 0 12
9 Punjab Kings Punjab Kings KXI 14 5 9 0 0 -0.353 0 10
10 Mumbai Indians Mumbai Indians MI 14 4 10 0 0 -0.318 0 8

M: Matches played

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L: Losses

T: Ties

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NRR: Net Run Rate

Ded.: Deductions

PTS: Total points

Starc's team, with 19 points, are guaranteed to finish top of the table, with Rajasthan having also booked their spot.

But four other teams — Royal Challengers Bengaluru, with Glenn Maxwell and Cameron Green in their ranks, Delhi Capitals, who have Jake Fraser-McGurk and David Warner, Lucknow Super Giants, who feature Marcus Stoinis, and champions Chennai Super Kings are still in the race for the fourth and final place.

It's been a fine achievement already by Cummins, who has proved worth every cent of his A$3.67 million price tag, with both his inspirational presence and the way he has freed up his side to attack with complete freedom having helped make Sunrisers surely the most exciting team to watch in this edition.

Australians in IPL 2024

Delhi Capitals: Mitch Marsh (A$1.2m), David Warner (A$1.16m), Jhye Richardson (A$890,000), Jake Fraser-McGurk (A$92,000)

Gujarat Titans: Spencer Johnson (A$1.78m), Matthew Wade (A$446,000)

Kolkata Knight Riders: Mitchell Starc (A$4.43m)

Lucknow Super Giants: Marcus Stoinis (A$1.7m), Ashton Turner (A$178,000)

Mumbai Indians: Tim David (A$1.53m)

Punjab Kings: Nathan Ellis (A$135,000)

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Cameron Green (A$3.15m), Glenn Maxwell (A$2m)

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Pat Cummins (A$3.67m), Travis Head (A$1.2m)

*Prices in AUD, conversions correct at time of auction