After Sam Curran’s match-winning 5 for 48 in the second ODI against Sri Lanka, Graham Thorpe heaped praise on the former. Sam Curran, lately, has performed brilliantly with both bat and ball. He has notched great cameos lower down the order and also chipped in with regular wickets with the ball. The stand-in England coach, Graham Thorpe stated that Curran’s recent stint in IPL has helped him improve by leaps and bounds.
“I think it’s helped him enormously,” Thorpe said of Curran’s IPL stint. “Every environment Sam has gone into, he’s shown that ability to compete and an ability to find a way of putting performances in. From that perspective, playing in the IPL has put him in high-pressured situations and pushed him.”
Graham believes that Sam Curran still has a lot to offer and has scope to grow further. He has challenged Curran to push himself for a spot in the XI in all three formats while citing the example of Ben Stokes.
“His T20 cricket has progressed really well, but I think establishing himself as a 50-over player as well is a really important part of it,” Thorpe observed. “He’s got to try and be in the mix as well for Test cricket. It sounds like quite a lot of cricket. As you know, with someone like Ben Stokes, the amount of work and fitness levels that are required for that is huge.
“So the challenge for Sam to be a multi-format cricketer is delivering that consistency as well for England time and time again. That’ll be one of the bigger challenges for Sam going forward. But that very much lies on his shoulders to do that. We know we’ve got a very exciting cricketer with us, and we just have to keep encouraging him to improve and keep getting better as a player all the time.”
England will play the third ODI against Sri Lanka on Sunday.