BY MARCUS HOOK
It has been quite a year for Surrey’s Sam Curran, who, this week, was described by Satish Menon, the CEO of the Indian Premier League franchise Kings XI Punjab as “part of our plans moving forward”.
The 20-year-old was forced – on the instructions of the England management – to sit out this week’s County Championship clash with Somerset at Taunton.
Curran reckons he has returned from the IPL a better player.
He said: “It was my first IPL and it was a very good experience, playing in Indian conditions and in front of massive crowds. There is so much to learn from established names and even the ones who have not played international cricket.”
Curran added that Kings XI team-mate Mohammed Shami, the veteran of 103 international appearances for India, was a particular source of inspiration.
“I got to pick the brains of Shami,” said the Surrey left-armer. “He is obviously a top-class bowler and I learnt lots from him, especially how to bowl in Indian conditions. I’m sure it made me an improved bowler at the end of the tournament.”
The highlight for Curran, who averaged 23.75 with the bat and 32.30 with the ball for Kings XI, was taking a hat-trick against Delhi Capitals.
“It was a great moment,” said Sam. “At that time, I was focussed on defending the runs for the team. Luckily I was able to do that and the hat-trick was just a bonus.”