All-rounder Sam Curran banks on his IPL stints as England get ready for the five T20Is versus India. The T20I series, to be held in Ahmedabad, begins this Friday.
“I feel like I came back from the last IPL as a much better player,” Curran, a part of the Chennai Super Kings squad, said during a virtual media interaction on Monday.
“In Dubai, I played various roles and got challenged in many different ways which I really enjoyed. I think it’s better for my game.”
The Super Kings had a forgettable campaign in IPL 2020 but Curran finished with decent figures — 186 runs and 13 wickets.
He feels performing in the upcoming edition of the IPL could also help in his preparations for the T20 World Cup, which will be held in India later this year.
“It’s the best T20 competition around and it’s great to be playing in it. Especially with a T20 World Cup in India, the IPL could lead us to a great preparation in order to keep developing in these conditions,” Curran stressed.
Upholding the benefits of being a part of the IPL, Curran also acknowledged how it is enabling him to grow as a cricketer.
“There are things I’ve learnt in the IPL that I take into the England set-up and also things that I learn in the England set-up which I take into the IPL.
“They both compliment each other and it’s a really exciting time.”
There’s a gap of just three days between the IPL 2021 final and England’s Tests versus New Zealand that begin on June 2. Asked if he could be available for the New Zealand Tests, Curran replied: “Those New Zealand Tests have come into the calendar recently. If we (CSK) reach the final, things might be different then, but let’s see how it goes.”