- This will be the first ever Tom Curran IPL outing for the English fast bowler who has been signed as the ideal Mitchell Starc replacement by KKR
- Tom Curran is not a kid on the block, he has played enough cricket to handle himself under pressure
- Tom Curran has set a unique record for Surrey while playing alongside his younger brother Sam Curran
Tom Curran is the biggest talking point of World Cricket at the moment after he was signed as Mitchell Starc’s replacement by the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). The young English bowler has made name for himself in recent months after breaking into the senior national team and impressing in the T20I tri-series against New Zealand and Australia. People in India might not know a lot about Tom Curran bowling style but the rapid pacer is expected to get a lot of game time given Mitchell Johnson is his only real competition for places at KKR. With Curran expected to set IPL 2018 on fire, here are 10 things you should know about the new KKR boy who has been signed as Mitchell Starc’s replacement.
1). A family full of cricketers
Tom Curran often opens his bowling for his county side Surrey along with his brother Sam Curran, who is also expected to play for England in coming years. Tom’s father, late Kevin Curran played 11 times for Zimbabwe and has quite a connection with Indian cricket. In the 1983 WC, playing for Zimbabwe, Kevin Curran dismissed Srikkanth & Patil early and with Rawson had India collapsing at 17 for 5 before Kapil Dev played that epic 175*.
2). Has already played 16 Internationals for England
If you think that Tom Curran KKR is a new kid on the block then think again as Curran has already 16 international matches in his kitty (8 Test matches, 2 ODIs, and 6 T20Is). In those 16 matches, Tom Curran has picked 21 wickets and has shown enough promise to make a name for himself in the IPL and be the worthy Mitchell Starc replacement for KKR.
3). Steve Smith was Curran’s first test wicket
Tom Curran bowling was lauded after the pacer’s debut for England in a T20I match against South Africa where Reeza Hendricks became Curran’s first ever international wicket. However, Curran’s test debut was also a remarkable one as Steve Smith was Curran’s first test match wicket while Chris Gayle was Curran’s first ever ODI scalp.
4). Impeccable bowling under pressure
Tom Curran bowling style has earned him a great deal of praise in recent seasons after Curran has been known to bowl yorkers in death overs. Be it his county side Surrey or his national team, Curran often gets the duty of bowling 18th and 20th over of the innings. In one of the matches in last season’s Natwest T20 blast, Curran defended 10 runs in the last ball by picking 2 wickets in the final over and took Surrey to the quarter-final of the Natwest T20 league.
5). Curran has already had a go at David Warner
Curran has been brought as Mitchell Starc replacement and while KKR fans thought that they will miss Starc’s aggression on the pitch, Curran has already had a go at David Warner in an Ashes test match and it was so fiery that Warner had to bite back. In an interview earlier in the year, Warner claimed that Curran had a go at him and revealed how he retaliated said: “He muttered something and I didn’t let it go. I obviously had to bite back as I normally do. If he comes out to bat I might start going. It’s an Ashes series, there’s always going to be a bit of niggle and banter.”
6). His first test wicket was ruled out by a no-ball
Tom Curran’s celebration is as aggressive as Tom Curran bowling and we saw it first hand when he thought that he had dismissed David Warner on score of 99 and celebrated with all the passion, however, as replays showed Curran had bowled a no-ball and Warner was called back to complete his century. Curran became the 3rd bowler in last 5 years (Ben Stokes, Mark Wood) to be denied their debut test wicket because of a no-ball. Later the bowler revealed that it was a very painful moment for him.
7). Tom Curran followed on Kevin Pietersen’s path
Tom Curran was born in South Africa but later went to play for England and ironically his international debut also came against South Africa just like Kevin Pietersen did it all those years ago. Curran would hope to have just as successful career like Pietersen had with England.
8). Tom Curran to make his IPL debut
This will be the first year of Tom Curran IPL outing and he already has a big shoe to fill as he has been brought as Mitchell Starc replacement. Given this will be his first major experience of playing in India, Tom Curran KKR may take initial weeks to get himself familiar with the condition and then have an impact for KKR in the latter parts of the season.
9). Tom Curran is a Chelsea fan
Living in England is bound to have an association with Football and English Premier League for any sports person and Tom Curran is no different. Curran is a Chelsea fan and has posted several social media posts from Chelsea’s home ground Stamford Bridge. All those KKR fans who support Chelsea, Tom Curran KKR now seems the perfect signing, doesn’t he?
— Tom Curran (@_TC59) January 29, 2017
10). Tom Curran shares a unique record with his brother
Like we mentioned earlier that Tom Curran has a younger brother in Sam Curran and they both open the bowling for their county side Surrey. Tom and Sam became the first brother pair in over 65 years to take all 10 wickets in a county inning and it came against Northamptonshire in 2015. Curran that season took 76 wickets, which is till date joint highest for Surrey and he shares this feat with Waqar Younis who achieved it back in 1991.