A young looking Sam Curran all of a sudden went from a periphery player to a social networking rage. The 20-year-old left-armer shook the Indian batting line-up, by taking 3/23 in his initial six overs.
India got off to a near perfect start with the opening duo of Murali Vijay (20) and Shikhar Dhawan (26) putting on a 50-run stand — the first fifty-plus opening stand for India in England after 18 innings. But the introduction of left-arm quick Sam Curran turned the tide in England’s favour. Coming in as the first change, Curran’s third over cost the wickets of Vijay and No.3 Lokesh Rahul (4) in a matter of just three balls.
The 20-year-old trapped Vijay in front with a ball that pitched around middle and darted in late but only got his victim after the hosts decided to review the umpire’s call. One ball later, Curran packed back Rahul, who could only blame himself for playing a rash shot that shattered his stumps.
Thereafter, the India skipper walked in and together with Dhawan, did well to rebuild the innings but Curran, playing only his second Test, got the southpaw nicked one to Dawid Malan at second slip. Curran’s three-wicket burst in eight balls reduced India to 59/3 in no time even as Rahane joined his captain to sneak in a few singles before heading for the break.
Curran’s good form against India his domestic season. The all-rounder is as of now an effect player for his district Surrey, where he plays with his senior sibling Tom Curran. For Surrey three years, he has stowed 119 wickets and has managed scored 1,447 keeps running in 42 matches.
His good domestic form meant he was soon brought on to the English side. Curran made his Test debut against Pakistan in Leeds this June and stowed two wickets. England won that match easily and Curran had done what’s necessary to grab the eye of England selectors as one for what’s to come.
Indeed, even in the shorter format of the game he has been garnering attention and he was picked as a substitution against India in the shorter format. With James Anderson and Stuart Broad in the last period of their professions, England will depend on him to continue making progress forward.