- Young England bowler Tom Curran has been signed up Kolkat Knight Riders as a Mitchell Starc replacement
- Curran is excited to play in his maiden IPL campaign as a KKR replacement player
- Tom Curran’s KKR stint will see him miss a part of Surrey’s county season
England all-rounder Tom Curran is visibly thrilled to have joined the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for his maiden stint in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The 23-year-old will link up with the two-time IPL champions as their Mitchell Starc replacement with the Aussie speedster suffering a tibial bone stress fracture in his right leg. Tom Curran’s KKR outing will also see him working with the great Jacques Kallis, one of his idols.
Tom Curran’s IPL 2018 stint as a KKR replacement player will begin when he links up with his side as their Starc replacement before their first match against Virat Kohli‘s Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 8. The Surrey bowler has become his county’s second representative in the tournament this year after Jason Roy was signed up by the Delhi Daredevils.
Tom Curran KKR call-up a result of breakthrough season with England
Tom Curran’s KKR selection comes after he enjoyed a breakthrough season with England, where he made his debut in highly testing surroundings of the Ashes series against Australia. The KKR replacement player then went on to star for his national side in the limited-overs series against Australia and New Zealand.
Speaking to Surrey’s website, Curran said: “I’m thrilled and excited to be joining Kolkata Knight Riders for the IPL. I know from chatting to other players I can learn a lot from being in that environment, skills that I hope will benefit Surrey and my chances of representing England again this year and if selected, for next year’s World Cup.
“I want to thank Alec Stewart and everyone at Surrey County Cricket Club for supporting my ambitions and allowing me this great opportunity. I can’t wait to represent Surrey again when I return, hopefully with a few more tricks up my sleeve.”
Tom Curran IPL 2018 selection as Starc replacement will come at the cost of him missing first part of Surrey’s season
Former England captain and Surrey’s Director of Cricket Alec Stewart was also pleased with Tom Curran’s IPL 2018 selection and believes that the youngster has all the attributes to be a successful Starc replacement for KKR in IPL 2018.
“Losing Tom to the IPL for the first part of the season is not ideal from a Surrey viewpoint but as a club we have a duty to help England and our players in achieving their goals and ambitions,” Stewart stated.
The experience he will gain through playing in the IPL can only help develop his game which in turn will give England a greater chance of winning the 2019 World Cup. His absence from the Surrey team will allow other players on our staff to stand up, perform and grab their opportunity.”