Major League Baseball’s official website has called for teams to sign Pat Cummins immediately after vision of his insane fielding effort went viral.
The Aussie star’s acrobatic runout ending Cheteshwar Pujara’s resistance on 123, but also earned him international acclaim, with fans worldwide taking plenty of notice of the incredible effort to hit one stump while flying through the air.
The MLB’s website wrote that play “translates almost perfectly to baseball”.
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“Check out this insane throw from Australian cricket dude and potential future MLB third baseman Pat Cummins,” the article by Jake Mintz read.
“This bucket-hatted young Aussie would slot in phenomenally as a big league infielder.”
Mintz then asked readers to compare Cummins’ fielding effort with one by MLB star Josh Harrison last season.
“Teaching this Australian Ozzie Smith how to hit a big league fastball might be tough, especially considering that Cummins is better known for his bowling (pitching) ability than his batting prowess,” the article read.
“But if the bat never develops enough to hit in the Majors, he could be a slick-fielding late-inning defensive replacement right now for like 15 big league clubs. Someone give this cricket boy a Gold Glove and a contract.”
Back home, India star Pujara could only commend Cummins on the effort that got him out.
“It was good fielding,” Pujara said with a laugh.
“I never thought he would get me run out but credit goes to (Cummins). I was really short of my crease.”
Meanwhile, cricket commentator Shane Warne said the stunning effort might mean Cricket Australia will have to bolster their upcoming offer to the star paceman.
“That might add a few extra zeros onto the end of his next contract,” Warne said.
“That might make it hard for Cricket Australia.”