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Edgbaston Test: Sam Curran inspired by ‘how Virat Kohli batted with the tail’

first_imgIt was billed to be a contest between Englands most prolific wicket-taker James Anderson and Indias top batsman Virat Kohli.But in the end, an unlikely 20-year-old playing in only his second test match stole the limelight from his more established peers and dragged his team to victory over the worlds top ranked test nation in the first match of a five game series.Sam Curran grabbed four top Indian wickets in the first innings and gave his team a precious 13-run lead despite a century by Indian skipper Kohli.Then in the second innings, with England on the ropes at 87 for 7, he strung together two valuable partnerships that saw England put up an overall target of 194 runs for the hosts to win.Always a miss whenever Ben Stokes is not playing: Joe RootPlaying with confidence, the left arm swing bowler who plays for county Surrey, first combined with Adil Rashid for 48 runs, which was the biggest of the English innings, and then 41 with fast bowler Stuart Broad for the ninth wicket.The 20-year-old, playing only his second Test match, then struck a gritty 63 off 65 balls to take his side out of the woods, much like visiting skipper Kohli did by scoring a majestic 149 in India’s first essay as all other batsmen fell around him.”To be honest, I looked to learn from how Virat batted with the tail in the first innings,” Curran said at the post-match presentation ceremony.England managed to set India a target of 194 riding Curran’s tenacious rearguard action. Eventually, Kohli’s 51 fell short as England won the 31 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the five match rubber.advertisementNasser Hussain criticises Virat Kohli’s captaincy as India lose in Edgbaston”I spoke to Kumar (Sangakkara) 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,” Curran added.ICC trolls Virat Kohli with mic drop tweet after India lose Edgbaston TestWith the ball, Curran was superb too, returning career-best figures of 4/74 in the first dig to shave off India’s topo order.”I can’t take it all at the moment. It is all very special and feels like a dream,” said the Northampton-born younger brother of Tom Curran.1st Test: Joe Root ‘thrilled to bits’ after England win cliff-hanger vs India”Just couldn’t get any sleep last night. Obviously when Jimmy (Anderson) took Karthik out first up it gave us a lot of confidence.MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS”Luckily for (Ben) Stokesy, he got a perfect spell this morning and changed it for us. I just try to take it like another game, but it is quite hard with the Barmy Army chanting out there, but I look to take it all in and am trying to learn in only my second game,” Curran said describing the emotions during the fourth day’s play when the match was on a knife’s edge.India needed 84 to win with Kohli and stumper Dinesh Karthik still at the crease while resumign the day at 110/5. But Anderson removed Karthik in the first over of the day and later Stokes got the better of Kohli and Pandya.”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,” Curran signed off.Curran made his Test and one-day international debut for England earlier this year and his swing bowling, especially against the Indian top order, impressed his peers.”Sam Curran has a great amount of skill, very exciting and promising cricketer,” skipper Joe Root said.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more