The young English all-rounder, Sam Curran is hopeful of churning out a huge bid in the IPL auction on Friday but also acknowledged that being in the same “bracket” as Ben Stokes and a few others can cause a big dent in his chances. The IPL auction will be held in Kochi, and all-rounders such as Stokes and Australia’s Cameron Green, among others, are expected to receive high numbers from various franchises. Curran has the potential to earn big numbers in the auction.
In a video posted by ‘The Telegraph’, Sam Curran said, “I’ve been in previous auctions (as well); you go in with your base price. I’ll be watching (the auction) on TV. On Friday morning, I guess, when your name comes up, you just say ‘keep the paddle up there’.”
Sam Curran, who was signed for a whopping INR 7.2 crore by Punjab Kings – the third-highest bid in the auctions leading up to the IPL 2019 – said he was optimistic about landing a good deal.
The young all-rounder elaborated, “Firstly, you’ve got to get picked. I’ve got, obviously, hope that I’ll go somewhere. But I guess that’s one of those things (that) I’m in the same bracket as (Ben) Stokes and a few other all-rounders, who have come out and I guess they work in sets. So, anything can happen.”
Ahead of the 2020 season, Sam Curran was released by Punjab Kings (PBKS) but the pace bowling all-rounder, who had a base price of INR 1 crore, was finally bought by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for INR 5.5 crore. In England’s stunning 3-0 Test series win against Pakistan, Curran said, the way the side was playing was simply amazing.
Talking about the series win, Sam Curran said, “It’s been crazy. Having played under (Test skipper) Stokes and (head coach) Brendon McCullum in the past, the way they’ve been playing is amazing. It (winning run) started in the summer and the best thing about it, I guess, is that there been quite a few injuries and guys like Jonny (Bairstow), who probably started that (winning streak) and came out and gave that confidence, he’s missed out (due to a freak injury).”
He further explained, “(Now) you’ve got Brooky (Harry Brook) coming in and getting three hundred in Pakistan and he is kind of saying ‘how would Jonny get back’. It’s absolutely amazing. I guess everyone thought Pakistan is an amazingly tough place to tour. But to win, it’s an amazing achievement.”