England all-rounder Sam Curran is hoping to use this year's Indian Premier League (IPL) as a launching pad towards staking a claim for a ICC World Cup spot.
“[The World Cup] is the greatest tournament and hopefully my name will be there,” he told PTI.
Curran made a splash even before making his debut in the IPL for Kings XI Punjab, becoming the most expensive buy in this year's auction. However, he says the hefty fee hasn't heaped too much pressure on his shoulders, with the left-hander instead choosing to view the competition as a learning opportunity.
“I don't need to worry about that [price tag],” he said. “I've just got to keep performing and take one game at a time. I am really enjoying playing in India. The crowd gives you so much energy here, they really enjoy the game and that brings out the best out of players.
“It has been a very good experience so far, playing in Indian conditions and in front of massive crowds. There is so much to learn from established names and even the ones who have not played international cricket.”
“I spoke to a few guys before coming here and they were clear about how good the tournament was and I can see for myself that the standard is very high. I am getting to pick the brains of Shami. He is obviously a top class bowler and I am learning lots from him, especially how to bowl in Indian conditions and I am sure I will be an improved bowler at the end of the tournament.”
That's not to say he hasn't held up his end of the bargain however, with the left-armer claiming a hat-trick in his second appearance to cap off a dramatic victory against Delhi Capitals. “It was a great moment,” he said. “At that time I was not focussed on the hat-trick, I was focussed on defending the runs for the team. Luckily I was able to do that day and hattrick was just a bonus.”