England's Sam Curran is a knight in shining armor
If we have to name one cricketer, who has impressed in this series, it has got to be Sam Curran. The 20-year-old has been outstanding through out. He started the series with a match-winning show and now his contribution in the ongoing 4th Test against India has put England on top. The all-rounder, definitely, has a bright future. Here we analyze his performances.
Curran a master of difficult situations
Curran has been England's Robin Hood in the 4th Test. He has robbed India of numerous chances and stepped up at the right time. In the first innings, England were 86/6 at one stage, before Curran came in and ensured safety with a stupendous 78-run knock. In the 2nd innings, England were reeling at 178/6, before Curran took control to lead the proceedings.
Batting all-rounder Curran is proficient with the ball too
Curran is more of a batting all-rounder and to have him at number 8 is a bonus. He always gets the runs and his range of shots is pretty amazing. But do not write him off with the ball. The magical youngster got Virat Kohli out when he was well set at 46 in the 1st innings at Southampton. He gets those crucial wickets.
Curran's statistics show he is a rare breed
His batting average in just 4 career Tests is above 50 at the moment. For a player to have that, at number 8, is just amazing. He has also picked 9 wickets during this period. His 4/74 in the first Test against India was world class effort. He has two fifties to his name already with a best of 78 in the 4th match.
Curran reminds Vaughan of Thorpe
Recently former England skipper Michael Vaughan had told BBC that Curran reminds him of Graham Thorpe especially the way he bats. Curran is an excellent player of spin and creates brilliant angles to pick out shots. Moreover, Vaughan also felt he will soon be promoted.