Sam Curran 'can't wait' to play under MS Dhoni on IPL amid virus threat
LONDON: England off-road Sam Curran said on Tuesday he still hoped to play great under India Ms dhoni in the Indian Premier League - and get one over big brother Tom - despite coronavirus pandemic.
The 21-year-old Curran was England's most expensive player at the initial IPL auction in November, and was sold to Chennai Super Kings, captained by Dhoni, for £ 590,000 ($ 742,000) after a successful 2019 season with the Kings XI Punjab.
Meanwhile, the 25-year-old Tom, also from Surrey and England, was signed by the Rajasthan Royals.
But the spread of COVID-19 has led to the suspension of all major crickets worldwide.
This year's IPL was due to start on March 29 before being delayed until Wednesday to coincide with the end of an initial Indian government blockade.
But with Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing on Tuesday an extension of the blockade, the world's largest coverage of more than 1.3 billion people, through May 3, there is no certainty as to when, or indeed, if the IPL will take place. 2020.
No-one knows, Sam Curran told reporters in a conference call with Tom on Tuesday.
(The IPL) could happen this year, it could be canceled, but we have to follow the government's guidelines.
Chennai is one of the IPL's most successful teams, having won the tournament three times before a dramatic one-race loss to Mumbai Indians in last year's final.
"I was very excited to move franchises," said Sam. "Chennai is a great franchise with all the big names and I can't wait to play under Ms dhoni .
I hope to play against Tom, hit him everywhere, and then hit his stumps.
Dhoni breathes calmly, added Sam, who just said Virat Kohli Dhoni's successor as captain of India could rival him in terms of superstar status in crazy cricket India.
"Chennai is quite an older squad so there are quite a few legends who have made it in the game," said Sam.
Hopefully they look to give advice to younger players, so that's something I really hope for.
Sam had been preparing for a massive three-month season in Asia after being selected for the Sri Lanka tour of England, which was abandoned before the start of the Test series.
Tom insisted, however, the lack of cricket was "nothing in the grand scheme of things" even though it was a "shock to the system".
Sam added: But you have to appreciate that free time is quite refreshing.
I hope I'm not one of the players who has been let go and is coming back for the 10kg county season too big.
The shutdown has seen several England players involved in charity initiatives, with Sam raising nearly £ 10,000 for Britain's National Health Service, though he downplayed his efforts by saying the smallest thing we can do is raise some money for him. NHS.
The Currans live apart from each other and Tom, asked if he missed seeing Sam, replied: No, a good rest. I was just kidding, of course I miss the man.
When cricket resumes the brothers, the sons of the late Zimbabwe all-rounder Kevin Curran, hope to fulfil a "dream" by following their Surrey predecessors Adam and Ben Hollioake as siblings playing Test cricket in the same England side.
Sam has played 17 tests at two for Tom.
Tom, right arm sailor, said: It would be amazing to play Tests with Sam, it is definitely a great ambition of ours.
Sam added: As Tom said, it is a dream.
Any game you play for England is obviously a great privilege, but I think playing with your brother or a family member gives it that special feeling.