‘Never expected to receive that,’ Sam Curran says of becoming the most expensive player in the IPL Auction


Sam Curran shared that he was slightly nervous and had trouble sleeping the night before the IPL auction on Friday.

Sam Curran was the lucky winner on Friday. The all-rounder, who impressed in Australia at the recently concluded T20 World Cup, was in high demand at the IPL auction for the upcoming season and  eventually signed by Punjab Kings for INR 18.50 crore after an intense bidding war.

Curran’s exorbitant purchase price made him the most expensive player in tournament history.

He surpassed Chris Morris’ previous record after acquired by the Rajasthan Royals for INR 16.25 crore in 2021. Not only Curran but also all-rounders Ben Stokes and Cameron Green drew a lot of attention.

 While Green acquired by the Mumbai Indians for INR 17.50 crore, making him the league’s second most expensive player, Stokes acquired by the Chennai Super Kings for INR 16.25 crore.

Sharing his thoughts on the massive amount, Curran shared that he was slightly nervous and had trouble sleeping the night before the auction. 

And he is humbled by what he has  rewarded with.

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“I didn’t sleep much last night, was a bit excited, and also nervous about how the auction was going to go. But yeah, absolutely overwhelmed and incredibly humbled that I managed to get what I did. I never had any expectations to receive that,” said Curran on Star Sports show ‘Cricket Live – Auction Special’.

Curran began his IPL career with Punjab Kings four years ago and will return to the northern part of the country with countrymen Liam Livingstone and Jonny Bairstow.

 “I’m going back to where it all began for me in the IPL with Punjab, where I made my debut four years ago. So, returning there seems fantastic, and I’m looking forward to meeting up with a few English teammates as well.”

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