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“Best group of fans”: Ricky Ponting impressed by Burmese Army’s gesture for Pat Cummins’ ailing mother




Legendary batsman Ricky Ponting says the cricket community has shown its sympathetic nature with its response to the illness of Pat Cummins’ mother and highlights the “terrible” gesture by the Barmy Army, the famous supporters group of Australia’s arch-rivals England. Australian captain Cummins returned home from India after the conclusion of the second Test in Delhi to be with his ailing mother, Maria, who is in palliative care. He missed the Third Test in Indore, and his participation in the Fourth Test in Ahmedabad remains uncertain.

‘I’ve actually spoken to Pat a couple of times,’ Ponting said in the latest episode of ICC Review.

“When I first heard he was traveling home between Test matches, I had a pretty good sense of what it was about – his mother has not been well for a few years now, so I thought that might have been the reason I reached out to him there and then.

“I think we have also seen how small and how tight the world of cricket can be. I am sure he must have received lots of wishes from the cricket-loving fraternity, from all parts of the world.” It must have sent some messages of support to him and the rest of his family, obviously what a really tough time they’ve been through.” A tribute from the Barmy Army was one of the wishes that came Cummins’ way. During the England Test, the group shared a video of their trumpet player playing ‘Maria’ from West Side Story as a tribute to Cummins’ mother.

Asked if he had seen the video, Ponting said, “I mean it’s fantastic.”

“And that’s the exact point I was making about how small the cricket fraternity is and how tight-knit and close-knit it is.

“I’ve said this forever, I was lucky enough to play a lot of Ashes cricket and see a lot of really good, light-hearted banter from the Barmy Army. I think they’re the best group of sports fans That’s what I’ve seen so far.

“He travels the world to support his team and is above and beyond from the first ball of a Test match to the end, whether his team is doing well or not.

“So it was a wonderful gesture from everyone involved and related to the Burmese military. It was wonderful.” Ponting also insisted on privacy for the Cummins family in this hour of crisis.

“I don’t need to say anything to the public, but just to know everyone’s thoughts about him and his family and hope everyone respects that and gives them the time and privacy they need.” Is.

“I guess from a cricket fans point of view as well, everybody wants to see Pat out there again.”

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