England allrounder Sam Curran has been in a great form in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). He is a part of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and proved his worth already. KXIP brought him for Rs 7.2 crore for this season and he didn’t let down his franchise. The 20-year-old took a hat-trick against Delhi Capitals in his maiden season in the IPL. He was also a part of England team against India at Edgbaston last year where he became the man-of-the-match in his second Test match.
“My first IPL and it has been a very good experience so far, playing in Indian conditions and in front of massive crowds. There is so much to learn from established names and even the ones who have not played international cricket,” Sam Curran told PTI.
However, before coming to India, Curran talked to his national team-mates to get a fair idea about the game, how to handle the pressures and the other things related to the tournament. Moreover, he has been enjoying discussing about the game with his captain Ravichandran Ashwin and KL Rahul. He even is learning a lot of things from India pacer Mohammed Shami.
“I spoke to a few guys (from the England team) before coming here and they were clear about how good the tournament was, and I can see for myself that the standard is very high,” said Curran.
“I am getting to pick the brains of Shami. He is obviously a top-class bowler and I am learning lots from him, especially how to bowl in Indian conditions and I am sure I will be an improved bowler at the end of the tournament,” Curran further added.
Moreover, Curran belongs to a cricketing family where his father is a former cricketer and brother is Tom Curran. But that doesn’t create any pressure.
“There is no specific goal (that my family wants me to achieve). They just tell me to enjoy my cricket, take one game at a time,” said Curran.
While talking about his hat-trick at Mohali, he shared that he had not realised at first.
“It was a great moment. At that time I was not focussed on the hat-trick, I was focussed on defending the runs for the team. Luckily, I was able to do that day and hat-trick was just a bonus,” he added.
“I don’t need to worry about that (price tag), I just got to keep performing and take one game a time. I am really enjoying playing in India. The crowd gives you so much energy here, they really enjoy the game and that brings out the best out of players, ” told Curran while talking about his IPL experience.
However, He is hopeful about the ICC World Cup this year as the squad is yet to be announced later this month.
“It is the greatest tournament and hopefully my name will be there,” Curran expressed.