It is the year of the T20 World Cup and England’s Tom Curran has already made himself a household name with a quality show against South Africa in the recently concluded T20I series. By showing his great skills and tactical acumen to win England the second game of the series by 2 runs, the Rajasthan Royals player is now 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 prepare for 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 am not really looking to think so far ahead and want to take one game at a time. Every time I give my best efforts and I go out to the middle.”
Coming back to the thriller in Durban when he dismissed Bjorn Fortuin off the last ball of the innings to win England the game, Curran said it was all about backing his own skills in a game that is dominated by batsmen.
The IPL will also see Curran share the dressing room with the likes of Steve Smith, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler among others and the youngster feels it will be a great experience to rub shoulders with some of the best in the business. – one of the best all-rounders in world cricket at the moment – Curran praised the latter’s work ethics.
“I know Stoksey as a good mate and honestly, his training is second to none. It is great to be around such a great player,” he said.
Finally, any talks with England’s premier T20 bowler would be incomplete without speaking about making it a double in Australia as they already are the champions in the 50-over format. And Curran believes this team can.