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IPL 2019: Sam Curran aims to be an improved bowler by the end of the season

"I can see for myself that the standard is very high."

Sam Curran
Sam Curran. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Even last year in July, Sam Curran was nothing but a random name, but the next few months turned his career around quite significantly. He churned out stupendous performances in the four-match Test series against India and also emerged as the hosts’ Player of the Series. The southpaw carried on with his decent form in the subsequent international series’ as well.

Thereafter, the 20-year-old was duly rewarded as he was roped in to play by the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), captained by Ravi Ashwin, in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). KXIP shelled out a whopping INR 7.2 crore from a base price of INR 2 crore. The Surrey cricketer has played three matches and has picked up six wickets at an impressive average of 16.33.

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His best figures of 4/11 came against the Delhi Capitals (DC) at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. Curran was also entrusted to open the batting in that game and the youngster churned out a quickfire 20 to give his team a fast start. In the meantime, Sam sounded delighted after plying his trade in the cash-rich tournament.

“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,” Curran was quoted as saying in The Times of India (TOI).

I am getting to pick the brains of 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.

Curran also mentioned that he’s trying to learn the tricks of the trade from fellow KXIP pacer Mohammed Shami, who also playing his first season for the Kings. By the end of this edition’s IPL, Curran also hoped to see himself as an improved bowler and learn about bowling in Indian conditions.

“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,” he added.

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