Playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) where he is exposed to high pressure situations has improved the versatile Sam Curran’s white ball skills, according to England coach Graham Thorpe.
The 23-year-old, who plays for MS Dhoni leader Chennai Super Kings, caught an enemy (5/48) in Sri Lanka in the second ODI on Thursday to help England win a series.
“I think it is (IPL) that has helped him a lot,” Thorpe said. EspnCricinfo.
“In every environment Sam has gone to, he has shown that he has the ability to compete and the ability to find a way to set performances. From that perspective, playing in the IPL has put him under high pressure. and pressed him. ”
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Bought by CSK at the auctions in 2020, Curran has already become a major cog in the scheme, with captain Dhoni entrusting the bat and ball during key times.
“His hitting power with the bat has always been there. I think it has progressed to a very good level,” Thorpe said.
“He bowls at important times in the IPL, so he is put under pressure and challenged. At 23 he had really good experiences.”
Thorpe, who has taken the lead in England’s ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka in the absence of Chris Silverwood’s head coach, feels Curran is a “real competitor” who is improving every day.
“If he comes back and plays with England, he has to challenge a place so that he is also put under pressure there,” Thorpe said.
“It’s not a bad thing. One of his great personality traits is that he is a true competitor. We’ve seen it since he was a young boy, and his skill level is rising. For a 23-year-old, this is a great place to be. We want him to keep getting better and better. ‘
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However, Thorpe believes that the biggest challenge for Curran, who has played 21 Tests, 10 ODIs and 16 T20s since his debut in 2018, is to balance all three formats and to perform the national team consistently.
“Of course he still has to work very hard. His T20 cricket has progressed really well, but I think he is also very important to himself as a 50-year-old player. He should try to be in the mix as well as for Test cricket.
“It sounds like a lot of cricket. As you know, with someone like Ben Stokes, the amount of work and fitness levels required for it is huge.
“The challenge for Sam to be a multi-format cricketer is to deliver that consistency over and over again.”