IPL 2023: In the auction held for the 16th season of the Indian Premier League, the Punjab Kings grabbed everyone’s attention. The matter itself was so big that it had become a topic of discussion for everyone. In fact, breaking all the old records, Punjab Kings bought England star all-rounder Sam Curran for a huge amount of Rs 18.50 crore. This was the biggest purchase in the history of IPL. But in the 6 matches played so far, Punjab Kings have not been able to capitalize on this bet.
Punjab Kings were ready to make every bet to get Sam during the auction. This was not the first time that Sam Curran was going to play for Punjab Kings. In 2019 also, Curran has been a part of Punjab Kings. At that time, Curran was bought by Punjab Kings for Rs 7.20 crore.
In the absence of Shikhar Dhawan, Punjab Kings gave the command of the team to Sam Curran. Punjab Kings had high hopes from Sam in the match played on Thursday. However, chasing the target of 175 runs, the team lost four wickets for 44 runs. Sam understood the responsibility of captaincy and he was at the crease to bat. Sam Curran also tried to spend time at the crease. But he returned to the pavilion only after scoring 10 runs.
Failed by both bat and ball
The result was that Punjab Kings lacked an experienced player at one end. The team got all out after scoring 150 runs in 18.5 overs and had to face defeat by 24 runs at the hands of RCB.
Although before this Sam had bowled amazingly. Sam spent only 27 runs in his four overs. But Sam missed a bit here too as he did not get any wicket. In the 6 matches played so far, Sam has been able to get only five wickets. Out of these, he took three wickets only against Lucknow. He got only two wickets in the remaining five matches. Even with the bat, Sam has been able to score only 87 runs.