The 24-year-old England National Cricket Team star all-rounder Sam Curran has said that he is “absolutely overwhelmed and incredibly humbled” to become the costliest player in IPL history.
The star England all-rounder Curran won the Player of the Tournament as well as the Player of the Match in the final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. He entered the auction with a base price of INR 2 crore.
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Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals, Chennai Super Kings, Lucknow Super Giants and Punjab Kings were engaged in an intense bidding war to acquire the services of Curran. In the end, Punjab Kings, which entered the auction with the second-highest purse of INR 32.2 crore, outbid everyone to acquire Sam Curran for INR 18.50 crore.
Speaking to Star Sports, Sam Curran said that he is “incredibly excited” to travel to India for next year’s Indian Premier League (IPL).
“Absolutely overwhelmed and incredibly humbled to receive that bid,” Curran told Star Sports, as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
“Punjab is where I did my debut season a few years ago … It will be very different but I know the stadium at Mohali pretty well, and surely our teammates will help me … Incredibly excited to come to India for this big opportunity.”
Sam Curran was bought by PBKS for INR 7.2 crore in 2019 but was released after just one season, which allowed Chennai Super Kings to pick him ahead of the IPL 2020 for INR 5.50 crore.
I sat with my girlfriend and her dad to watch it – Sam Curran on IPL 2023 mini-auction
Sam Curran further revealed that he was watching the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 mini-auction with his girlfriend and her dad. The all-rounder also said that he was happy to see his last franchise, CSK, bid for him.
“So many things running through my mind. At 9am this morning I was struggling to find a stream, it [the auction] wasn’t on TV in England. I sat with my girlfriend and her dad to watch it. I actually turned my phone off because I thought I was behind and didn’t want to see any messages saying congrats. I saw the bids coming from Mumbai, then Chennai, having played for Chennai earlier it was cool to see them [bidding],” he said.
Curran broke Chris Morris’ record (INR 16.25) crore to become the most expensive buy at an IPL auction. Also, he has become the most expensive player in the history of the IPL, overtaking even the retained players – Virat Kohli and KL Rahul (INR 17 crore).