I’ll sleep well tonight, says Sam Curran after Man-of-the-Match performance at Edgbaston

Young Surrey allrounder Sam Curran has begun the India vs England Test series on an excellent note, being named Man of the Match for his match-winning performances at Edgbaston.

The 20-year-old, in his second Test, scored 24 and 63 and took five wickets to fetch himself the match honours, and after an enthralling match said it was all a bit overwhelming.

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“I can’t take it all at the moment. It is all very special and feels like a dream. Just couldn’t get any sleep last night, but I’ll sleep well tonight,” said the baby-faced Curran after the Test. I just try to take it like another game, but it is quite hard with the Barmy Army chanting out there. I look to take it all in and am trying to learn in only my second game.

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“This (Test cricket) is what I always wanted – playing Test cricket in front of these big crowds, with these guys I have grown up watching and I am looking to learn everything I can from guys like Jimmy, Broad, Stokes everyday.”

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On day one, Curran’s 24 down the order was a vital contribution to England’s first innings. On day two, Curran – son of the late Zimbabwe allrounder Kevin – became the youngest English cricket to take four wickets in a Test innings, of which three came in eight balls as he ripped out India’s top order. On day three, Curran helped England get past 150 from the depths of 87/7 with a sparkling 63 off 65 deliveries, and when he was last out the target for India was 194. His maiden Test fifty came from just 54 balls, with eight fours and two sixes. Before the third day ended, Curran’s left-arm pace accounted for Ajinkya Rahane as India’s batsmen, barring Virat Kohli, again floundered.

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His 63 off 65 balls, ultimately, proved Curran’s biggest contribution and he revealed how a chat with former Surrey team-mate Kumar Sangakkara helped him bat with the lower order to add to the total and frustrate India.

“I spoke to Kumar the other day in the hotel and he told me a thing or two about batting with the tail and was lucky it all came off the middle in the end,” said Curran, who added that he had “looked to learn” from Kohli during his 149 in India’s first innings.