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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