Sam Curran has stated that he came out from his IPL 2020 stint with Chennai Super Kings as a better player. He was the lone shining light in CSK’s otherwise torrid campaign in which they failed to qualify for playoffs for the first time in their IPL history and finished 7th.
In 14 games that he played this season, he took 13 wickets averaging 26.46 besides scoring 186 runs. The 22-year-old bowled equally well in the power play and death overs.
Sam Curran Enjoyed IPL And Felt His Game Has Improved In Aspirations To Become A Regular England Cricketer
Sam Curran was also one of the most important batsman on the side, often playing the role of a floater. He averaged 23.25 with the bat at a strike rate of 131.91, playing at every position, from opener to a finisher.
Sam Curran told reporters ahead of the second South Africa vs England T20I: “I really enjoyed the IPL, I feel like I have taken my game to a different standard in terms of my learnings from that tournament. I will definitely take a lot away from playing in that group and [from being] with the coaching staff in Chennai.”
He added: “I feel my game has improved since I went there. Hopefully, I can keep improving and become a regular for England.”
In the first T20I against England, South Africa batted first and scored 179/6 with Faf Du Plessis, another CSK player scoring 58 off 40 balls while CSK teammate England’s Sam Curran picking 3 wickets conceding 28 runs accounting for Temba Bavuma, Faf Du Plessis and Heinrich Klassen’s scalps.
Johnny Bairstow’s flamboyant but match-saving innings of 86 not out off 48 balls in the first T20I against South Africa overshadowed his brilliant spell. He hit 9 fours, and 4 sixes as England won by 5 wickets. Beuran Hendricks conceded 56 runs in 4 overs.
Sam Curran Thought First T20I Against South Africa Was Really Nice Performance
In 4 overs, Sam Curran only gave 28 runs out of South Africa’s total of 179 and took 3 crucial scalps in the process.
Sam Curran said: “I thought it was a really nice performance – I just used my different variations and skills that I have been working on and luckily enough it came out all right. The competition is really good so when you’re in the team, you have to take your opportunities.”
He would be looking forward to continuing this progress when England take on South Africa in the second T20I in Paarl on Sunday. The two teams will then move to Cape Town for the third and final T20 match of the series.