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Sam Curran on Dhoni, changing franchises and his equation with Tom


England all-rounder Sam Curran has had his dream run halted by COVID-19. He is excited to share the depressing room with legends like MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming at CSK and pick their brains.

Sam Curran was living the life of his dreams. After his Test debut against Pakistan and a perfect series against India, where he pulled back England in the game every time they lagged behind, Curran had had decent returns in the Tests against South Africa and was beginning to push for a spot in the limited-overs side as well.

Shortly after the successful Test series against India, he was snapped up by Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League auction for £800,000. He had mediocre returns in the tournament with 95 runs from 9 games at an average of 23.75 and 10 wickets at an average of 32.30, but had a couple of moments of glory.

Moreover, he got to share the dressing room with the West Indian legend Chris Gayle, someone he had felt star-struck seeing in his younger days.

Despite an average outing in IPL 2018, his charisma didn't fade as the all-rounder proved to be the most expensive England player in the Indian Premier League auction for the 2020 season. The England player was sold to the Chennai Super Kings for £590,000.

"I was very excited to move franchises," Sam Curran said while taking to the media on a Zoom conference call. "Chennai is a great franchise with all the big names and I can't wait to play under MS Dhoni.

"Him and Kohli are probably the two biggest but all the Indians are massive superstars. Chennai is an older squad so there are quite a few legends who have made it in the game. Hopefully they will be looking to give tips to the younger players. That's something I'm really looking forward to."

What had made it doubly exciting that he was set to face brother Tom Curran in the competition. Tom, elder than Sam by four years, was picked by Rajasthan Royals this year, though not at the jaw-dropping price that Sam had managed to get.

Their partnership goes a long way back. In a County Championship match against Northamptonshire in 2015 at The Oval, Tom and Sam took 7/35 and 3/46 respectively and became the first pair of brothers in nearly 65 years to take all ten wickets in a County inning.

"Hopefully I will play against Tom, hit him everywhere and then hit his stumps." The banter between the two was on display when Sam said this during the conversation.

The Currans would probably have faced each other on April 2 at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium as per the original IPL schedule, but with the future of IPL13 up in the air, neither has a clue about whether the league will see any action this year. Sam had been waiting to buy a flat with the IPL money but that has been put on hold for now.

When asked about his favourite player, Curran was quick to name the CSK skipper, "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".

Sam is also helping in the fight against the pandemic by setting up a GoFundMe page to raise money for NHS staff, which by Tuesday (April 14) had raised 10,000 pounds.

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