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Indian Premier League side Sunrisers Hyderabad made a shocking announcement on March 4 as they confirmed Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins as their captain, replacing South African star Aiden Markram. The Aussie speedster enters IPL 2024 as one of the best players in the world on the back of his stunning 2023. 

Cummins led Australia to the World Test Championship and the ODI World Cup titles and played a crucial role in retaining the Ashes while excelling in difficult situations. These accolades made Pat Cummins the second most expensive player in IPL history as SRH paid INR 20.5 for the Aussie captain in the 2024 IPL auction.

Why is Cummins a better captain than Markram for SRH?

With the massive price tag and the team's poor performances over the last two seasons, which may have pursued the 2016 IPL champs to make a change in captaincy. Delving into this decision, let us consider why Cummins could be a better captain than Markram for SRH.

Incredible 2023

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As mentioned earlier,  Pat Cummins  was arguably the best player in international across formats in 2023, allowing him to bring the same quality into his captaincy. Cummins picked up 59 wickets while scoring  422 r uns across platforms. These numbers combined with his ability to lead a giant like Australia in high-pressure games, makes him an ideal captaincy candidate for the SRH job.