I was gutted not to go to IPL, but it was sensible thing to do: Sam Curran

There have been many players who missed out on the IPL 2022 this time due to one or the other reason. It was either an injury that stopped them from participating or the bio-bubble fatigue in a few cases that made the players opt out of the league. One such player is the English all-rounder Sam Curran, who represented the Chennai Super Kings in his last stint at IPL.

Curran was an integral part of the CSK set-up as he represented the team in 2020 and 2021, but had to take an exit last season after appearing in nine games for the side owing to an injury. The 23-year-old decided not to be a part of the cash-rich event this season as he thought that was the most sensible thing to do.

“I was gutted not to go to the IPL. It was hard to take, but it was the sensible thing to do – to concentrate on playing for Surrey and getting back ready to play some red-ball cricket, which is something I haven’t done for a while with Surrey,” Curran said, as quoted by South London Press.

“I probably could have gone to the IPL, but the advice was for my back to heal properly. If I had gone and got injured I would have been angry at myself, and it would have been a question of rolling the dice,” Curran said further.

Sam Curran says IPL is a stage where youngsters learn from veteran players

Curran is of the opinion that the Indian Premier League is a platform for young and budding cricketers like him to be a part of, and learn from some of the most experienced players of the sport, throughout the contest. Curran has played 23 games for CSK and has scalped 22 wickets in two seasons of his play for the franchise.

“But you learn so much from all the players there, guys who have played at that level for a long time. I certainly felt my game has improved from playing in the IPL. When you go down to breakfast, you’re chatting with all these superstars and you’re constantly learning how to play in sub-continent conditions. When you play against the best you’re always being challenged,” he added.