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“IPL is mentally not as fresh as I would have liked”- English pacer Curran


English bowling all-rounder Tom Curran reveals that he chose Big Bash League (BBL) over Indian Premier League (IPL) for the preparation of upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

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Tom Curran of England hits a boundary during the 5th One Day International between England and Pakistan at Headingley on May 19, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Tom Curran mentioned IPL as a long period cricket which makes the players tired and injury prone in the wide range of time. “I think I played that whole [2017] season after I had barely missed a game for Surrey over a couple of years,” explains Curran. “I then went straight to the Ashes, then we had the one-day internationals in Australia, then New Zealand, then I went straight to the IPL.

“In the IPL, it simply hit me a little bit as I most likely was mentally not as fresh as I would have liked and I think it was only an extensive period of cricket where I required a break in the wake of having played without one for such a long time.”

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Tom Curran played for the franchise Kolkata Knight Riders in his debut season in 2018. He played total five matches for the team in that season.

“From that point onward, I returned home and had the summer here, I grabbed a little niggle and in this manner missed a touch of cricket for the first time in my career truly,” added the 24-year old all-rounder. “So, I sat down and thought, what is the most ideal preparation to this upcoming World Cup for me as far as recovering my game back to where I required it to be.”

Then he picked the Australian Big Bash League over IPL as the time range was short and there was guarantee to start every game which should be the best possible way for the preparation of the World Cup. “I went there and played regular cricket as they just have two overseas players, so you are ensured to play, with a nice run of games,” he clarifies as in IPL there are always many overseas players in a team, that’s why regular playing time is not a guarantee at all in every match. “It was a decent way of life and I was only ready to focus completely on my game. I just jumped straight into it, got in among it and went directly into my preparation.”

Curran made 185 runs and took 20 wickets in 14 matches for Sydney Sixers which also earned him the player of the tournament for Sixers in BBL 2018-19 season. “Clearly, thinking back it was unquestionably the correct choice,” said Curran. “So. I had an inclination that I left then in a great spot into the development for this summer. It was unquestionably an entirely enjoyable experience, the Big Bash.”

Tom Curran was picked in the 15-man preliminary World Cup squad but he is one of five seamers fighting for four spots as the new English pace sensation Jofra Archer is likely to be added in the final 15. Curran has an edge over all of them because he’s excelled in both batting and bowling.

England’s final World Cup squad will be announced on Tuesday, May 21 at Lord’s.

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