ENGLAND ALL-ROUNDER Sam Curran says his experience of playing in the Indian Premier League this season has improved him as a cricketer.
Mr Curran, 22, was an ever-present for the Chennai Super Kings taking 13 wickets in 14 games and securing 186 runs.
Speaking to Sky Sports on England’s white ball tour of South Africa, the former Kings XI Punjab man said whilst he was not sure if it improved his chances of playing for England, it had improved him as a cricketer.
He explained: “I really enjoyed the IPL, I feel like I have taken my game to a different standard in terms of my learnings from that tournament.
“I will definitely take a lot away from playing in that group and with the coaching staff in Chennai.
“I feel my game has improved since I went there. Hopefully, I can keep improving and become a regular for England.”
The Surrey man comes from a cricketing family, with brother Tom representing Rajasthan Royals during the 2020 season.
Tom Curran played five matches in the 2020 season, taking 84 runs with a high-score of 54* and securing three wickets with an economy of 11.44.
The brother have both played ODI and T20I cricket for England and whilst both having made Test appearances they are yet to both represent England in the format in the same game.
Tom told the BBC: “It would be amazing to play Tests with Sam.
“That’s definitely a huge ambition of ours.”
Surrey produced the last brothers to play for England in a test game, also, with Adam and Ben Holliaoke in 1997.
Sam added: “The dream is to be playing all three formats together.
“We have played a couple of games together in the one-day format and hopefully as the years go on we’ll become regulars in all three formats.”
A third Curran brother, Ben, plays for Northamptonshire and has not yet featured for England at any level.
On the prospect of playing against Tom in the IPL last year, Sam joked: “Hopefully I will play against Tom, hit him everywhere and then hit his stumps.”
After the two played against each other, Tom told the Cricketer: “We’ve always just tried to help each other out and played with each other.
Playing against each other was a strange feeling – it was a different type of concentration really, seeing him running up there were a lot more things on my mind than usual for those first couple, which was strange.”