Sam Curran eager to play IPL 2020 under MS Dhoni: The English all-rounder will play for a new franchise in his second IPL season.
England and former Kings XI Punjab all-rounder Sam Curran has expressed excitement at joining Chennai Super Kings for the next season of the Indian Premier League. Had it not been for the outbreak of the novel COVID-19 pandemic, Curran would have been playing for Chennai in IPL 2020.
Curran, who dismissed 10 batsmen at an average of 32.30, an economy rate of 9.78 and a strike rate of 19.80 for Kings XI Punjab in his maiden IPL season last year, was bagged for INR 5.5 crore by the runners-up of the last season.
A much-needed buy for the Super Kings, the 21-year old player opened up on playing against Rajasthan Royals and dominating his elder brother Tom Curran.
— Sam Curran (@CurranSM) April 14, 2020
“I was very excited to move franchises. Hopefully I will play against Tom [Curran], hit him everywhere and then hit his stumps,” Sam Curran was quoted as saying by during an Instagram live session conducted by CSK.
Sam Curran eager to play IPL 2020 under MS Dhoni
Being included as a like-for-like replacement for his countryman David Willey, Curran can contribute well with the bat for CSK. Having scored a half-century for KXIP in IPL 2019, Curran has also crossed the 50-run mark after being promoted up the batting order in other T20 leagues as well.
Showing eagerness at playing under captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Curran said that he is looking forward to gain a lot from numerous experienced players of the franchise.
“Chennai is a great franchise with all the big names and I can’t wait to play under MS Dhoni. Him and Kohli are probably the two biggest but all the Indians are massive superstars.
“Chennai is an older squad so there are quite a few legends who have made it in the game. Hopefully they will be looking to give tips to the younger players. That’s something I’m really looking forward to,” Curran said.
With IPL 2020 getting postponed indefinitely, one can’t see the tournament happening in the near future. There is no hiding to the fact that it would require a mammoth effort on the part of the organizers to conduct the 13th season of the tournament in 2020.