Jason Cummings is one of the biggest players to join the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) during this summer’s transfer window not just because of his stellar recent record in the A-League, but also for his participation in the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. 

The 27-year-old scored 21 goals for the Central Coast Mariners in the A-League last season and featured in the World Cup, making a solitary appearance against France, who reached the final. 

Cummings though was lured by Mohun Bagan Super Giant’s history and ambition and the passion of their fans to come to Indian shores and further progress his career. 

“I watched loads of videos before I came here and I was really surprised by the fans here. They are really passionate fans and that's something that made me want to come here and play for such a big club, an ambitious club,” Cummings told reporters in Kolkata at the unveiling ceremony of the club’s new jersey for the 2023-34 season. 

“I come at three in the morning and I have loads of support. Everywhere I go, I have loads of support. Even on social media. That’s the reason I came here,” he added. 

Cummings addition is set to fill a void in the Mohun Bagan Super Giant squad as they missed an out-and-out striker last season. Even though Dimitri Petratos and Hugo Boumous chipped in with crucial goals, the Australian’s arrival will free them to play their more creative roles. 

The forward has already been made aware of the importance of the Kolkata derby by the fans and is looking forward to making a telling contribution in the all-important fixture. 

“I watched the videos of the derby and the kind of player I am, I like to play in big games. I am a big-game player,” he said. 

“We will try to win every game with as many goals as we can. As a striker, I love scoring goals. Personally, I want to score as many as I can in every match, be it the derby or any other match. I am really looking forward to playing in the Kolkata derby. I know it's a big game here. The fans are crazy and I want to do well, and score goals for them,” he added. 

Recalling his experience of playing in the FIFA World Cup last year, Cummings feels the tournament made him better as a player. 

“The whole experience of playing in the FIFA World Cup was great. Playing against France and experiencing the feeling of playing against quality opposition (was great). Now I have to share that good experience with other players over here while also making good steps for my career,” he said. 

Cummings got the opportunity to meet Messi in the Round of 16 match where Australia went down against Argentina. He was spotted exchanging some words with the Argentine legend on the sidelines and later clicked a picture with him. Despite the defeat, the moment will remain with the Australian.

“It was a special moment for me. Lionel Messi is one of the greatest players in the world and just to watch him up close and share the field with him was special. The whole experience of the World Cup has made me a better player,” Cummings reiterated. 

Anirudh Thapa, another one of Mohun Bagan Super Giant’s big signings was present at the unveiling ceremony and spoke about his excitement of sharing the dressing room with some of the best players in Indian football. 

“Mohun Bagan are one of the most successful clubs. They won the Hero ISL and still, they wanted to sign me and some other great players as well. This shows the passion and ambition of the club and where they want to go,” he said. 

“That's why I am here to help the club and help myself. Sharing the dressing room with the best players in India, be it foreigners or Indians, I know that I have to give my 100% on the field or on the training pitches. This will help me grow and help the team to win matches,” he added. 

Mohun Bagan Super Giant will begin their 2023-23 campaign with the Durand Cup on August 3 when they face Bangladesh Army FT at the Vivekanand Yuva Bharati Krirangan in the tournament opener.