England all-rounder and Chennai Super Kings’ new recruit Sam Curran on Tuesday said he is looking forward to playing under MS Dhoni and that he hopes the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 will go ahead at some point in time this year.
Sam Curran, who was bought by Chennai Super Kings for Rs 5.5 crore at December’s auction, said he was set to join the training camp in March before the IPL 2020 was suspended due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Curran made a solid impact in his first season in IPL 2019, contributing with the ball for Kings XI Punjab. The left-arm pacer was part of the hat-trick club last year in the IPL.
Curran was part of an England Test side that had to return home early from Sri Lanka after the series was cancelled due to the virus outbreak.
Stressing that it’s going to be an ‘incredible experience’, Sam Curran said he is eager to share the dressing room at CSK with some of the greats of the game and pick their brains. Curran said he’s heard a lot about CSK from their former batsman and England teammate Sam Billings.
“I am obviously very gutted to see what’s going on at the moment. We would have probably been together at the moment in Chennai but obviously there are a lot more more important things going on. I am very excited to be playing alongside the captain, MS Dhoni. That’s going to be really like an incredible experience for me,” Sam Curran said during an Instagram live with CSK.
“They have a great coach in Stephen Fleming. And there are huge Indian superstars there as well. Just to be able to pick their brains I have actually heard from Sam Billings. He was there for the last couple of years.
“It’s an amazing franchise and a great set up. It’s something I am hoping that IPL will still go ahead whenever that is and I will get to represent Chennai.”
Sam Curran recalls CSK WhatsApp group induction
Sam Curran was quick to respond when he was asked who his favourite CSK player is.
“There are a lot of extremely talented players but I think it’s hard to go past MS Dhoni. Dhoni is obviously a legend of international cricket. He has achieved so much in the game. I am really hoping the IPL does go ahead and I can pick his brains and play alongside him. I have heard he is a great captain. I am just excited to be part of the franchise,” Curran.
Sam Curran is missing being part of the CSK camp at the moment but the young all-rounder recalled his induction into the team’s Whatsapp group.
“I was invited to the WhatsApp group (CSK). That was a good day. Everyone said welcome and things like that, obviously that was very special. There has been loads of information about the virus and all that kind of stuff,” Curran said.
“Chennai were training before all this happened. I was following their training session. I was actually in Sri Lanka. I was supposed to head to Chennai after our Test series in Chennai. Obviously, everything has changed very quickly.
“But I think it’s a scary time for everyone. It’s good to sit tight and be patient.”
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