New Delhi: English all-rounder Sam Curran was the most expensive buy in the history of IPL with Punjab Kings bidding Rs 18.5 crores for him in the IPL Auction 2023. After the overwhelming auction, Curran talked to Star Sports Network about going back to his first IPL franchise, then Kings XI Punjab. Sam Curran is having a year to remember as he became the Player of the Tournament in the T20 World Cup and bagged the highest bid in mini-auctions.
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Sam Curran admitted that he had a sleepless night due to the excitement and the nervousness. He added that he is overwhelmed and humbled by the buy and he never expected it. Curran said that he is excited to go back to ‘where it all started’ and is looking forward to playing alongside English players for Punjab Kings.
Talking about the playing conditions, he said that he is familiar with the team’s home ground in Mohali. Sam added that he is feeling confident after winning the T20 World Cup and is excited to play in India.
The auctions witnessed a tussle between Punjab Kings, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants to get Sam Curran in their team. He surpassed Chris Morris, who was bought for Rs 16.5 crore by RR last year. The auctions also saw Cameroon Green being bought by MI for Rs 17.5 crore and he became the second most expensive player in IPL.
Sam Curran made his IPL debut with Kings XI Punjab but gained recognition as a finisher and death bowler in CSK. He also opened the batting for there and scored runs at a high strike rate.