Sam Curran and Ruturaj Gaikwad were the two bright spots for MS Dhoni’s side in IPL 2020 where the team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in CSK’s history. Curran scored runs at an average of 23 and strike rate of 131 in addition to his 13 wickets- most by a CSK bowler.
I have taken my game to a different standard: Sam Curran
Sam Curran, ahead of the second T20I against South Africa, said that he enjoyed the time spent in the UAE playing the IPL. The southpaw feels that he has levelled up his game and learned a lot while being in the CSK dressing room.
CSK had veterans like MS Dhoni, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, and Imran Tahir along with the head coach, Stephen Fleming, from whom the English all-rounder has absorbed plenty of lessons. Curran was used in multiple roles by Dhoni; as an opener, pinch hitter in the middle-overs, finisher, bowled in different stages of the innings.
As quoted by Sportskeeda, Sam Curran said, “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.”
The 22-year-old opined that his game has improved after playing in the IPL. Curran doesn’t have an assured spot in the England team because of an abundance of all-rounders. However, he has had a great and promising start to his international career, and the Northampton-born would want to be a regular feature in Eoin Morgan’s side.
“I feel my game has improved since I went there. Hopefully, I can keep improving and become a regular for England,” Curran added.
Sam Curran is currently in South Africa, and he is in the T20I squad. England won the first T20I courtesy of a 48-ball-86 from Jonny Bairstow. Curran picked 3 wickets for 28 runs. The Three Lions will look to wrap the series when they meet Quinton de Kock’s side on Sunday in Paarl.