IPL 2023
Sam Curran And Shimron Hetmyer Engaged In Verbal Banter
By CricShots - May 20, 2023 1:05 pm
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The 66th match of the ongoing IPL 2023 featured a clash between Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Dharamsala.  Through the excellence of Jitesh Sharma, Sam Curran, and Shahrukh Khan, Punjab posted 187 runs on the board in the first innings. During the chase, excellent knocks by Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shimron Hetmyer, and Devdutt Padikkal propelled the Sanju Samson-led side to a brilliant win. 

Shimron Hetmyer
Shimron Hetmyer and Sam Curran

However, during the run chase, things started to heated exchange between English all-rounder Sam Curran and Shimron Hetmyer. It was in the 17th over of the second innings, when Curran supposedly dismissed Hetmyer off the fifth ball of the over. However, the Windies batter was deemed not out after he took the DRS. 

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After the umpire immediately raised his finger to dismiss Hetmyer at first, Curran dug in by saying something to the 26-year-old. The exchange of words between the two cricketers remains unclear. Curran continued on the very next ball of the over when Hetmyer hit the ball straight into the Sam Curran’s hands. Furthermore, the drama did not stop there as Hetmyer smashed Curran for a boundary in the 19th over, kept his bat held high, held the pose, and ran around Curran.

Shimron Hetmyer scored 46 runs in 28 deliveries, and his knock was crucial for Rajasthan in winning the clash against Punjab and keeping their playoff hopes alive.

After Rajasthan Royals defeated Punjab Kings by four wickets, Hetmyer came forward to reflect on the situation with Curran. The middle-order batter opined that when someone says something to him, it gives him the confidence to execute.

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During the post-match interaction, Shimron Hetmer said, “It’s always good to have someone say something to me, it doesn’t really happen much. I really enjoyed it today, giving me a little bit more confidence and a little bit more energy to execute and do what I need to do. (What was said by Curran?) Not anything I can disclose here, to be honest.”