The calmness in Sam Curran and his heroics helped him earn the ‘Man of the Match’ award in the final ODI.
In a nail-biting final against India, young England all-rounder Sam Curran, while batting at number 8, led his team near to a victory after they were reduced to 200 for seven wickets while chasing a total of over 300. However, his effort went in vain as they eventually fell short by seven runs against India in the third and the decider match on Sunday and India won the ODI series 2-1 convincingly.
However, his heroics impressed every cricket fan and England’s stand-in skipper Jos Buttler has said that he has seen shades of the ‘great finisher’ Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the youngster’s crucial 95*-run knock as well. He also shared that Sam Curran will have a great opportunity to talk to Dhoni as he is soon going to play under MS Dhoni for the Chennai Super Kings in the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League.
“I’m sure Sam would want to talk to MS about tonight’s innings,” Buttler said at the virtual post-match news conference. “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).”
“I’m sure Sam would want to talk to MS about tonight’s innings” – Jos Buttler on Sam Curran
Apart from Sam Curran, England all-rounder Moeen Ali too will play for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2021 as well.
“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 further added.
However, England had successfully chased down 337 runs in 43.3 overs in the second ODI against India in Punea few days ago and Buttler said that 330-target was also chasable in the final but they failed to steady the ship in the middle.
“We were happy to chase that score. We thought that was a manageable score, but we lost wickets at regular intervals and never got those partnerships together. Never thought run-rate would be a big issue but we lost wickets,” Buttler said.
“Small, small things could have done better. I think with the ball we were not quite as disciplined as we have been early on. We gave them a few too many easy boundary balls. They didn’t have to work too hard for those boundaries, but then we pegged back pretty well with spinners picking up those wickets,” he concluded.