England all-rounder Sam Curran has been making his performance count in international cricket. He was the difference between England and India during the Test series in England.
In the IPL auctions in 2018, he was bought by Punjab Kings for 7.20 crore. But he was surprisingly released by the franchise for the next season. His fortunes changed when Chennai Super Kings went after his name and added him to the squad after paying over 5 crores.
Although MS Dhoni-led team had a miserable season, Curran delivered and was one of the best performers of the franchise. Speaking about his association with CSK to ESPNcricinfo, Curran revealed his impact on his IPL team.
“I think it’s a tournament where I got very lucky. I got thrown into it quite young, moved from Kings XI to Chennai, which worked out pretty well in terms of coming to a team where you had Stephen Fleming as a coach, MS Dhoni as captain, some big foreign players. It’s just an environment where you eat and sleep cricket. You’re always around the guys and, you can ask questions, see how guys train, learn new tricks,” Curran said.
“It’s an environment where you come across guys you never see in day-to-day life. It’s been fantastic for me. It gives you great confidence when you perform. At the IPL there’s no weak team, so whenever you play, you’re under so much pressure. You just, go out there and do what you do and, if it goes badly, you learn from it. If it goes well, you take confidence. It’s a great tournament for me. I’ve loved every minute of it.”
He is currently playing in the ongoing first Test against Virat Kohli-led India.