“Playing in the IPL 2021 has helped Sam Curran to evolve his game”, feels Graham Thorpe

Sam Curran IPL

England’s Head coach Graham Thorpe feels that playing in the IPL has helped Sam Curran to evolve his game. Sam Curran, who is a part of the CSK squad in the IPL, has scalped five wickets in the second ODI to help England register a stunning eight wickets against Sri Lanka to clinch the three-match ODI series. Thorpe said that Sam Curran is enormously benefitted by playing in ‘high-pressure situations’ in the IPL. Sam Curran is a vital cog in the CSK squad with both bat & ball.

“I think its IPL helped him enormously. Every environment Sam has gone into he has shown that ability to complete & an ability to find a way of putting performances in”, ESPNcricinfo quoted Thorpe as saying.

“From that perspective, playing in the IPL has put him in high pressured situations & pushed him. His hitting ability with the bat was always there. I think that has progressed to a really good level. He’s bowling at important times in the IPL, so he’s put under pressure & challenged. At 23, he’s getting some really good experiences”, he added.

Graham Thorpe said that delivering with consistency would surely be a “challenge” for Sam Curran as the all-rounder was a multi-format cricketer. “As you know with someone like ben stokes the amount of work & fitness levels that are required for that is huge. So the challenge for Sam to be a multi-format cricketer is delivering that consistency as well for England time & time again”, said Thorpe.

Sri Lanka has also lost the ongoing ODI series as England has registered a series-clinching eight wickets win in the 2nd ODI to gain an unassailable 2-0 lead. The third & the final ODI will be played on Sunday in Bristol & this will be the last chance for the Sri Lanka team to win a match on the ongoing tour.

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