It is the year of the T20 World Cup and England’sTom Curran has already made himself a household name with a quality showagainst South Africa in the recently concluded T20I series. By showing his great skills and tactical acumen to winEngland the second game of the series by 2 runs, the Rajasthan Royals player isnow looking to take on the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in the IPL.
He will be using the IPL as a platform to preparefor the showpiece event Down Under at the end of the year, Curran said:“Every game of cricket I play I feel will have an influence over me –however big or small – on my selection for the World T20 in Australia, but I amnot really looking to think so far ahead and want to take one game at a time.Every time I give my best efforts and Igo out to the middle.”
Coming back to the thriller in Durban when hedismissed Bjorn Fortuin off the last ball of the innings to win England thegame, Curran said it was all about backing his own skills in a game that isdominated by batsmen.
The IPLwill also see Curran share the dressing room with the likes of Steve Smith, BenStokes and Jos Buttler among others and the youngster feels it will be a greatexperience to rub shoulders with some of the best in the business. – one of thebest all-rounders in world cricket at the moment – Curran praised the latter’swork ethics.
“Iknow Stoksey as a good mate and honestly, his training is second to none. It isgreat to be around such a great player,” he said.
Finally,any talks with England’s premier T20 bowler would be incomplete withoutspeaking about making it a double in Australia as they already are thechampions in the 50-over format. And Curran believes this team can.