Stand-in England coach Graham Thorpe feels that Sam Curran’s time with the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is the reason behind his exceptional display for England in recent times.
The left-arm fast bowler bowled beautifully against Sri Lanka and dismissed five batsmen in the second ODI of the series.
“I think it’s (IPL) helped him enormously. Every environment Sam has gone into, he’s shown that ability to compete and an ability to find a way of putting performances in. From that perspective, playing in the IPL has put him in high-pressured situations and pushed him,” the former cricketer told ESPNcricinfo on Friday.
Curran could be England’s star performer in the ICC T20 World Cup scheduled in UAE later this year. “His hitting ability with the bat was always there. I think that’s progressed to a really good level. He’s bowling at important times in the IPL, so he’s put under pressure and challenged. At 23, he’s getting some really good experiences.”
Sam Curran’s rise for England has coincided with his performance for CSK when the IPL was shifted to UAE in 2020. Earlier, he was struggling in international cricket but the 23-year old has been unstoppable in 2021.
“When he comes back and plays with England, he’s having to challenge for a place so he’s being put under pressure there too. That’s not a bad thing. One of his great personality traits is that he’s a real competitor. We have seen that ever since he was a young lad, and his skill level is going up. For a 23-year-old it’s a good place to be. We want him to keep getting better and better,” said Thorpe.