'Was Thinking About My Mum' - Pat Cummins Misses Mother After World Cup Triumph
Pat Cummins with mother Maria Cummins (Twitter)
Pat Cummins paid his mother a heartwarming tribute upon his return to Australia following the ICC World Cup 2023 triumph in India. In deep felt regards, the Australian skipper remembered Maria Cummins, who passed away in March in Sydney after prolonged illness.
Cummins spoke about Maria amidst the celebrations of Australia becoming six-time champions and him joining the list of great Aussie captains to have lifted the coveted title. The spearhead revealed his mother was present in his thoughts throughout the tournament in India and said she must be proud of her son's achievements.
Speaking to 'ABC Sport' in an interview, Cummins said there is no day of his life when he doesn't mourn her untimely demise still. He was in India for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy when Cummins learnt of his mother's struggles with illness and immediately flew back home after the second Test in Delhi.
Cummins Recalls Mother After World Cup Triumph
The cricketer spent precious time with his mother in her last days before she passed away on March 10 at her Sydney residence. Australian players led by stand-in captain Steve Smith took the field for the final Test against India in Ahmedabad wearing black armbands as a mark of grief and remembrance about her departure.
Cummins' eyes turned wet as he was asked to recall his mother during the interview with ABC Sport and how much of an influence her support and energy was behind his team's push to reclaim the ultimate glory on Indian shores.
"You know, I think about her every day, and yeah, fortunately she's seen a lot of success before this year and she's a huge part of who I am," Cummins said. "I am hoping and sure she would've been really proud."
Maria unfortunately missed her son's three biggest moments as player and captain of Australia this year as he lifted the World Test Championship (WTC) crown in June, managed to retain the Ashes 2023 with a 2-2 drawn series in England in August and just became only the fifth Australian men's captain to hold the World Cup trophy.