‘It’s all good fun’ – Sam Curran on CSK “spoiling other teams’ parties” in road to IPL 2020 playoffs

‘It’s all good fun’ – Sam Curran on CSK “spoiling other teams’ parties” in road to IPL 2020 playoffs

With 13 scalps, Curran ended as the leading wicket-taker for CSK in the tournament.

Sam Curran
Sam Curran. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Prior to their match against the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Chennai Super Kings (CSK) had nothing, but pride to play for as their hopes of qualifying for the playoffs were already over. In fact, before their last two league matches, MS Dhoni and Co were knocked out of the tournament. However, for Sam Curran, the Super Kings had a lot of ‘incentives’ to look for despite not being able to make the second round.

The 22-year-old Curran didn’t mince any words in saying that ‘spoiling the party’ for other teams worked as a ‘motivation’. The southpaw was looking forward to beating KL Rahul’s Kings XI and knock the latter out of the T20 league. The youngster also talked about how CSK made it tough for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) after beating them in Dubai courtesy Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ravindra Jadeja’s heroics.

There’s a lot of incentives: Sam Curran

“Today is a big motivation. Obviously, Kings XI can still qualify and if we beat them, we damage their hopes of qualifying. Things like that motivate you, spoiling the party for other teams. Every game in an IPL is important because you are playing with such pride, you are playing for the badge and try and win games,” Curran was quoted as saying during an interview with commentator Ian Bishop.

“There’s a lot of incentives as we can definitely spoil other teams’ parties. Like the other day when we beat Kolkata, they were struggling for the playoffs. Now hopefully, we have to beat Kings XI and they’ll be out as well. So, it’s all good fun,” he added.

Punjab, after their nine-wicket loss on Sunday, November 1, were knocked out of IPL 2020. But the Knights are, well and truly, alive. Dinesh Karthik’s defeated the Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 60 runs and moved to fourth in the points table. Nevertheless, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) could knock them out if they beat the Mumbai Indians (MI) on Tuesday in Sharjah.

As far as Curran was concerned, he was the standout bowler for CSK, picking up 13 wickets. With the bat in hand, the talented England cricketer scored 186 runs with a top score of 52.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview: