IPL Auction 2019: Sam Curran highest overseas cricketer with Rs 7.20 price tag
In his first IPL auction, Sam Curran won a price tag of Rs 7.20 crore

The young Surrey and England allrounder Sam Curran has surged to a massive price tag of Rs 7.20 at the 2019 IPL player auction in Jaipur on Tuesday, thus becoming the highest-earning overseas player of the day.

In his first IPL auction, the 20-year-old attracted a bidding war from Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore who chased him until Kings XI Punjab entered at the Rs 5 crore mark. That forced Capitals to back out, leaving KXIP and RCB to pursue Curran until the Mohali-based franchise won his services at Rs 7.20 crore.

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That took Curran past the Rs 6.40 that former South Africa batsman Colin Ingram was bought for not long before by Capitals.

He is now KXIP’s second costlier purchase after they forked out Rs 8.4 crore for the uncapped domestic spin bowler Varun Chakravarthy. KXIP also bought Mohammed Shami and Nicholas Pooran for Rs 4.2 crore each.

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Curran was India s choice for Man of the Series during their Test tour of England, in which they were undone by his left-arm swing and lower order batting. Son of the late Zimbabwe allrounder Kevin, he burst onto the scene with terrific all-round performances to present his case as the ideal choice for franchises looking for players with similar skills.

Curran’s recent performances with the bat on England’s tour of Sri Lanka have also ensured his abilities on slow and low pitches, identical to the ones found in India. Despite a high base price of Rs. 2 crore, Curran saw his valuation rocket to Rs 7.20 crore.

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In 47 career T20s, Curran has 478 runs at a strike-rate of 118.90 and 42 wickets at 28.48 with best figures of 4/13.