England’s all-rounder Sam Curran lived up to the hype as he became the most expensive player in Indian Premier League (IPL) history. Punjab Kings won the bidding war and acquired Curran’s services for a whopping INR 18.50 Crore.
Curran passed Chris Morris’ deal of INR 16.25 crore with Rajasthan Royals. Australian all-rounder Cameron Green and English star Ben Stokes also made history. While Mumbai Indians bought Green for INR 17.5 crore, Chennai Super Kings splashed INR 16.25 to get Stokes on board.
Speaking on the Star Sports show ‘Cricket Live – Auction Special’, an overwhelmed Curran Sam Curran expressed his delight and stated that he never had any expectation of receiving that deal. The England star also revealed that he had a sleepless and nervous night ahead of the IPL 2023 mini-auction:
“I didn’t sleep much last night, was a bit excited and also nervous about how the auction would go. But yes, absolutely overwhelmed and incredibly humbled that I managed to get what I did. I never expected to receive that.”
The 24-year-old all-rounder said he is delighted to be back with the franchise where he began his IPL journey. Notably, Sam Curran made his IPL debut when he played for Punjab Kings about four years ago.
“Going back to where it all started for me in the IPL with Punjab, where I did my debut season four years ago. So to go back there seems fantastic and I’m looking forward to joining some of the England teammates as well,” he added.
Sam Curran’s number in T20 Cricket
Sam Curran’s shares rose significantly following England’s victory at the T20 World Cup in Australia, where he took the Player of the Tournament award for his stellar bowling display at the event.
He scalped 13 wickets in six matches at an average of 11.38 and an economy rate of 6.52. He was also named Player of the Match award in the final of the tournament for his match-winning mark of 4-0-12-3 against Pakistan.
Talking about his IPL career so far, the Surrey cricketer has played 32 matches in which he has collected 337 runs with a batting frequency of 149.78. He has also scalped 32 wickets at an economy of 9.21.
In total he has amassed 1731 runs in 105 T20 innings at an average of 20.85 and a strike rate of 135.65 with nine 50s to his credit. He has also taken 149 wickets in 138 T20 innings at an average of 25.56 and an economic rate of 8.43.
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