Jos Buttler, stand-in captain of the English team saw shades of MS Dhoni in Sam Curran’s brilliant knock of 95 runs in just 83 balls, that almost managed to take England past the finishing line. However, India managed to win the encounter by just seven runs, and win the three match ODI Series, 2-1.
Despite the loss, Sam Curran was adjudged the player of the match for his valiant knock. Having come in at a time when England needed a score of 162 runs off 24.2 overs, he rose upto the occasion and ended with just five runs short of his maiden ODI century. At one moment, it seemed as if the young all-rounder had done enough to take his side home but the hosts held their nerve as they managed to defend a total of 330 runs by the barest of margins.
Jos Buttler, who led the England team in the absence of Morgan due to injury believes that Curran’s conversations with MS Dhoni have helped him immensely. Sam Curran plays for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, under the leadership of MS Dhoni.
“I’m sure Sam would want to talk to MS about tonight’s innings. I’m sure there were shades of the way that he (MS Dhoni) would have liked to take the game down if he was in that situation. He’s a great person for Sam to have a conversation with when he meets up MS (in the IPL),” Butter was quoted as saying in a virtual press conference.
“We know what an amazing cricketer, finisher MS Dhoni is. A brilliant learning curve for all our players to share dressing rooms with guys like MS” stature in the game. I’m very excited for them,” he stated.
Sam Curran will now move participate in the upcoming IPL 2021 season as Chennai Super Kings open their campaign against last year’s runner-ups, Delhi Capitals on April 10 at the Wankhede Stadium. Curran proved to be a vital part of CSK’s squad last time around, scoring runs with the bat and proving to be more than just a handy bowler.