Australian speedster Pat Cummins made a steady comeback in the Test cricket after a gap of more than five years. He made his Test debut in 2011 against South Africa in Johannesburg, where he managed a match winning six-for in that match. After almost 5 years and 120 days, he wore the ‘Baggy Green’ again in the third Test match against India at Ranchi.
There is an interesting thing about Cummins that generally no one knows. His middle finger is shorter than normal, it is even shorter than his index finger. Former Australian pacer Brett Lee revealed it while commentating during the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
In 2011, Cummins himself talked about this while giving an interview to cricket.com.au. He said “I lost the top of my finger when I was about three or four (years old). It got slammed in a door and I lost about a centimeter off the top of my finger. It doesn’t really affect me because (the finger) is about the same length as the other one (index finger).”
He further added, “I still get my sister in tears … (because) she slammed the door on it.”
Though, this doesn’t affect his bowling as he has an impressive record for Australia. According to Brett Lee, the shorter finger helps Cummins’s bowling. “(The two fingers) are the exact same length, which may aid the ball coming out of the fingers with a nice seam position,” he said.
The 23-year-old didn’t have a memorable outing with the bat in his comeback match as Jadeja sent him on second-ball duck. However, he was instrumental in his short burst with the ball as he gets better of KL Rahul with an effort ball.