- Rohit Singh | December 23, 2022 | 3:26 pm
Sam Curran will play for Punjab Kings for INR 18.50 crore, IPL Auction 2023. England left-armer Sam Curran missed the 2021 T20 World Cup due to a back injury. With elder brother Tom replacing him in the squad. The 24-year-old, however, made a resounding comeback as he spearheaded an English attack.
Curran emerged as the star of the final with figures of three for 12 as England pipped Pakistan. He finished as the second-highest wicket-taker with 13 wickets in the tournament. A handy bat, Curran was often used as a floater during his previous stint in the IPL Auction 2023 by Chennai Super Kings (2020-2021). Curran’s adept control and wicket-taking proficiency were a standout in the World Cup. A feature that could turn his INR 2 crore base price multiple times over at Friday’s auction. This will mark Curran’s fourth season in the league. After he debuted with Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) in 2019.
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Curran, who was picked up for a mind-boggling Rs 7.2-crore by Punjab Kings – the third-highest bid in the auctions prior to IPL 2019, added he was quite hopeful of landing a good deal. Ahead of the 2020 season, Curran was released by Punjab Kings but the pace bowling all-rounder, who had a base price of Rs 1 crore, was finally sold to Chennai Super Kings for Rs 5.5 crore. With four-time IPL champions CSK looking to rebuild after finishing ninth in IPL 2022, they could again target Curran as Dwayne Bravo has retired, leaving a key slot vacant. The England player would suit them because he has done well for them in the past.