Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) made one of the most brilliant comebacks in IPL history in the last night’s dramatic encounter against Delhi Capitals (DC) in Mohali. At one stage, Delhi needed 23 runs from 20 balls with seven wickets in hand and it looked like they will end up on the winning side pretty easily. But KXIP left-arm fast bowler Sam Curran surely had some other plans. Curran out of nowhere bowled a scintillating late spell to pick up four quick wickets which also included a fabulous hat-trick and in turn steered his team to an unbelievable victory.
The crowd got really loud
Along with claiming the first hat-trick of IPL 2019, Curran also became the youngest player to bag a hat-trick in the IPL. He was also awarded the Man of the Match award for his remarkable performance. During the post-match presentation ceremony, Curran revealed that initially he didn’t actually know that he had picked up a hat-trick. The English all-rounder mentioned that his skipper Ravichandran Ashwin and bowling coach Ryan Harris gave him advice on how to bowl to the local batters.
“I didn’t really know (about the hat-trick). The crowd got really loud, I couldn’t hear myself. Ash told me what to do. Ryan Harris was standing at the third man region. Against the local batters, I had to ask our players, “Where does he hit?”. (Mohammed) Shami got two amazing overs in the end which helped,” said Sam Curran.
Great win for the guys
Curran noted that he tried to put the best performance for his team. KXIP team management took a surprising decision in promoting Sam Curran as pinch-hitter, but the idea failed drastically, as he perished after a 10-ball 20. However, the all-rounder mentioned that he has been working really hard to improve his batting. “Great win for the guys. I tried to put a performance for my team. Luckily enough, we scraped to 166, all the six bowlers were excellent. I have worked a lot on my batting over the last few months. I like to work hard on my batting, bowling and fielding,” he added.
He further added that he used to open the batting in school cricket. “I have opened in school cricket, but think this was the first time in professional cricket. Hopefully, we keep winning games,” concluded Curran.