It is safe to say that Sam Curran was born to play cricket. The third-generation batsman hails from a bloodline of renowned cricketers. His grandfather played first-class cricket for Rhodesia, and his father played national cricket for Zimbabwe. Being a white African, Sam has gone out of the way to play for his native home in the United Kingdom. He is a good fast bowler as well as an impressive batsman in the lower order.
Teams: Surrey, Punjab Kings, Chennai Super Kings, England, ICC World XI, Team Buttler, England Lions, South, England Under-19, Auckland Aces, Oval Invincibles.
Being an all-rounder, Sam has had some of the best moments in the IPL, breaking the record of being the youngest bowler to score a hat trick in the IPL. Sam Curran made his T20 debut at only 17 years in 2015, and his first-class debut in the same year against Kent at the Oval on 13th July. He was selected to represent his country in the 2016 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, where he scored 201 runs in all six games he played.
Sam played his first test match with England and his second test against Pakistan. He is currently in the English squad and is expected to play in the final 11 at the 2021 ICC Men’s World Cup.
Sam had his best cricketing moments in the summer of 2018 when England played against India. He was part of the squad as a bowler, but he batted at number seven to shift the scores for England, who were facing a defeat after a middle-order collapse. His versatile sportsmanship as a batter and a wicket-taker saw him being awarded the Man of the series title for his 272 runs and 11 wickets that enabled England to win 4-1 over India. He maintained his focus in the match between England and Sri Lanka, and his prowess saw their opponents beaten.
After India’s defeat at the hands of England, Sam Curran was considered in the IPL transfer of 2019 and played for Punjab Kings. In the 2019 edition of IPL, Sam scored a quick-fire 20 runs in the opening match before scoring a hat trick in his second match. His performance saw Punjab Kings win by 14 runs over Delhi Capitals, and he was named player of the match.