The second day of IPL 2021 will witness Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals lock horns at the Wankhede Stadium. It also means that England cricketers and brethren Sam Curran and Tom Curran would be playing against each other. And the younger of the two, Sam Curran, expects some sledging to come along when he faces Tom during the encounter.
Sam Curran and Tom Curran were both in action during the recent limited-overs series against India at the sub-continent. Sam Curran could not fare as expected with the ball, but grabbed the spotlight when he struck an unbeaten 96 in the third ODI against India, almost to pull off a stunning win for his side. The seam-bowling all-rounder also credited the IPL for his improved display with the bat.
On the other hand, Tom Curran had not been consistent enough in the chances he got in the white-ball series against India. He went wicketless in his only T20I and grabbed a couple in as many ODIs at 73. The right-arm seamer, who was part of Rajasthan Royals last year, returned underwhelming performances as he took three wickets in five games at 69.33. But after being released from the Royals, Tom got the bid from the Capitals.
I know Mum will be nervous tonight: Sam Curran
Sam Curran conceded that he felt nice to have played the One-day series in India and have a break before the IPL since the bubble has been challenging. The 20-year old revealed that his mother would be nervous and recalled being against Tom Curran last year as well. Sam said that there have been a few exchanges in their family WhatsApp groups; however, he feels excited about the battle. The youngster expects some sledging to occur between him and his older brother and hopes the stump mics are off. Sam Curran also observed that the wickets here hugely supports batting; thus, the scores would be significantly higher than witnessed last year.
“Nice to be here for the one-day series against India a couple of weeks back and had a bit of time off. The bubble has been tough, but it’s a new world we live in, but really excited. I know Mum will be nervous tonight. It happened once against Rajasthan last year and there’s been a few whatsapp exchanges in the family group Very different to playing the last time here in India. The wickets are good and boundaries are smaller, so the scores will be higher than what it was last year in Dubai. I’m sure there will be a few sledges, but hopefully they keep the stump mics away” Sam Curran told in an interview before the match.