One can say that Tom Curran’s audition in the Indian Premier League (IPL) did not end on a promising note. The England speedster was roped in by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to replace an injured Mitchell Starc.
However, if the first game is anything to go by then Curran needs to play out of his skin. He is supposed to fill in the huge void left by Australian paceman Starc.
Curran was all over the place against Starc and ended up conceding 39 runs in three overs.
However, Knight Riders’ head coach Jacques Kallis is confident the team has got an apt Starc-replacement in the form of Curran.
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Expressing his disappointment over losing Starc, Kallis said he is excited to have Curran on the board.
“It was a blow to lose Mitchell Starc at short notice but we are not alone – Pat Cummins and Kagiso Rabada were also ‘casualties’ of a hard-fought Test series between South Africa and Australia,” he wrote in his column for TOI.
“But Tom Curran is an excellent replacement and I’m excited to have him on board. Obviously, he has particular skills for bowling at the end of the innings, but he can bowl anywhere, and I would be surprised if his batting doesn’t make a few important contributions along the way,” he added.
Knight Riders signed Tom Curran last week after the England star went unsold in the auction, earlier this year
The two-time champions have started the season on a mixed note. They won their opener against Bangalore but lost to Chennai in a thrilling encounter.
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With the team wearing a different look, there are apprehensions that they might not progress far this year. However, Kallis is confident that new skipper Dinesh Karthik can steer the side.
“The Knight Riders franchise is known for its stability and its success has been underpinned by a core group of senior and familiar faces but, like all successful teams, KKR has been able to change and grow into the future,” Kallis stated.
“Lots of time was spent in the week or ten days before the first game helping the new players to settle in and find their feet within the KKR family. Dinesh Karthik has played a double role – both as captain and a new player himself – and, as expected, has been excellent,” wrote the 42-year-old.