Young England all-rounder Sam Curran has already made a name for himself with his sharp inswingers and currently in the company of senior India pacer Mohammed Shami at the KXIP camp, the 20-year-old sees himself improving significantly after his maiden stint in the IPL.
Curran, who produced a man-of-the-match performance in only his second Test – against India at Edgbaston last year, has been making rapid strides since then.
KXIP paid a hefty Rs 7.2 crore for his services this season and he repaid the faith by taking a hat-trick against Delhi Capitals.
“My first IPL and it has been a very good experience so far, playing in Indian conditions and in front of massive crowds. There is so much to learn from established names and even the ones who have not played international cricket,” Curran said.
Curran had a lengthy chat with his English teammates and IPL regulars before coming to India, giving him a fair idea on the pressures and expectations involved in the lucrative league.
In the KXIP set-up, he is enjoying discussing the game with the likes of skipper R. Ashwin and opener K.L. Rahul, but is learning most from India’s swing specialist Shami, who is at the top his game.
“I spoke to a few guys (from the England team) before coming here and they were clear about how good the tournament was and I can see for myself that the standard is very high.
“I am getting to pick the brains of Shami. He is obviously a top class bowler and I am learning lots from him, especially how to bowl in Indian conditions and I am sure I will be an improved bowler at the end of the tournament,” said the son of former Zimbabwe all-rounder Kevin Curran and younger brother of England pacer Tom Curran.