Sam Curran a ‘real competitor’ who thrives under pressure, says Graham Thorpe

Graham Thorpe says that Sam Curran‘s composure in pressurised situations is the trait that has propelled him to the heart of England’s white-ball plans, following his series-sealing five-wicket haul in the second ODI against Sri Lanka at The Kia Oval.

Curran, who has played ten ODIs in his young career compared to 21 Tests since his debut in 2018, claimed three wickets in his first nine balls, en route to figures of 5 for 48, his best in List A cricket. England eased to an eight-wicket victory with 42 balls to spare, and head to Bristol for Sunday’s third match with options aplenty given the dominance they’ve shown against a sub-par opposition.

Curran’s display, however, will have confirmed to England’s management that they have a rising star in their ranks. At the age of 23, he is already a pivotal figure with bat and ball for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, as they seek to rebuild their team around a younger core of players, and with the next T20 World Cup due to follow on from the IPL’s resumption in the UAE this winter, Thorpe recognises that his experience at that tournament could be invaluable.

“I think it’s helped him enormously,” Thorpe said of the IPL. “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.

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