I didn’t sleep much last night, was a bit excited – Sam Curran on being the most expensive IPL bid
Sam Curran on Friday said he get through a sleepless and nervous night ahead of the IPL mini-auction, where he turned into the most expensive player in the history of the T20 league’s auction after bringing an astounding Rs 18.5 crore bid from Punjab Kings.
The England left-arm pacer Sam Curran on Friday said he get through a sleepless and nervous night ahead of the IPL mini-auction, where he turned into the most expensive player in the history of the T20 league’s auction after bringing an astounding Rs 18.5 crore bid from Punjab Kings.
Curran saw extreme bidding with Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals, Chennai Super Kings, Lucknow Super Giants, and Punjab Kings raising their paddles frenetically to get the services of T20 World Cup player-of-the tournament.
Eventually, it was Punjab Kings that burned through every last dollar to get Curran, who drew the highest-ever bid that bettered the previous best buy of Rs 16.25 crore that Rajasthan Royals had dished out to get South African all-rounder Chris Morris in 2021.
“I didn’t sleep much last night, was a bit excited, and also nervous about how the auction was going to go. But yeah, absolutely overwhelmed and incredibly humbled that I managed to get what I did. I never had any expectations to receive that,”Curran said on Star Sports show ‘Cricket Live – Auction Special’.
The 24-year-old all-rounder expressed he is glad to be back with the Punjab outfit, with whom he made his IPL debut in 2019. Punjab Kings were then known as Kings XI Punjab.
“Obviously, going back to where it all started for me in the IPL with Punjab, where I did my debut season four years ago. So, to be going back there seems fantastic and I am looking forward to joining a few English teammates as well,”Curran said.
Falling off a splendid T20 World Cup outing, Curran just can’t wait to begin his new journey with Punjab Kings in the IPL.
“Yeah, I think it will be very different, but as I said, I know the stadium. I know Mohali pretty well so that obviously is a little bit of an advantage, having some familiar teammates who’ll help me.
“And yeah, I feel confident going into this tournament, where I’ve come off a fantastic World Cup. And yeah, it’s amazing, I’m just incredibly excited, it’s just a few months away till I will be coming to India, but it’s incredibly exciting,”he said.
“A massively big opportunity, which I’m so excited about, it’s incredible as you can probably imagine. There are so many things running through my mind and yeah it’s incredible, very overwhelmed.”