Sam Curran, an all-rounder for England, was subjected to extensive social media criticism after becoming the most expensive player in Indian Premier League (IPL) history on Friday. Despite being named Player of the Tournament at the T20 World Cup last month, Sam Curran was the target of Twitter critics who claimed he was “overpriced.”
The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Punjab Kings (PBKS) engaged in a fierce bidding battle for Sam Curran, which resulted in the north Indian team winning and obtaining Curran’s services for an incredible 18.5 crore.
Prior to PBKS’ record offer for Curran, South African great Chris Morris, who was acquired by the Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals in 2021 for 16.25 crore, was the most expensive player in the cash-rich competition.
Indian cricket fans ridiculed the 24-year-old cricketer by posting humorous memes and jokes on the microblogging platform in response to Sam Curran’s lucrative contract.
Players are so overpriced in IPL. Same players are playing in Big Bash/Hundreds at the price of 80 Lakhs and in PSL for 2 butter Naans lol
— Mithie (@_ahania) December 23, 2022
1750 for Green
1850 for Sam Curran
1350 for Brook
1650 for Stokes
— betty (@thomashelby_obe) December 23, 2022
— Kunnal (@iamnowayfunnyy) December 23, 2022
A lot of people saying Curran is overpriced. He s probs been the best death bowler of the last 6 months and that alone is worth it s weight in gold. Add the fact he can bat pretty much anywhere and score quickly and you can see why he s gone for that money
— jimbo (@cricketjim1) December 23, 2022
Sam Curran at this price in India is damn overpriced #IPLAuctions
— vinay (@vinayprabhu19) December 23, 2022
Subramaniam Badrinathtoo, a former player for both India and CSK, joined in on the jokes by humorously describing the absurd offer Sam Curran received. Breaking a record, money started to rain in Sam Curran’s garden. merits it,” he tweeted.
Ness Wadia, the team owner, was overjoyed when the Mohali-based organization purchased Sam Curran.
He is a professional athlete. Any World XI squad can use him. any of the elite groups. He is that talented. He is most likely one of, if not the best all-around players in the entire globe. He gives the team a tremendous sense of balance. We had a good group of Indian players, including all-rounders, and Sam Curran. So, extremely pleased,” remarked Ness Wadia.
The 24-year-old southpaw responded by describing the new development as “wonderful” as he entered the elite group of IPL billionaires.
“I didn’t sleep much last night, was a bit excited, also nervous about how the auction was going to go. But yeah, absolutely overwhelmed and incredibly humbled that I managed to get what I did. I never had any expectations to receive that,” Sam Curran said on Star Sports.
“Punjab is where I did my debut season a few years ago. Fantastic and looking forward to meet my English team-mates as well. It will be very different now but I know the stadium at Mohali pretty well, and surely our team-mates will help me. I feel confident going into this tournament and we had a fantastic World Cup,” he stated.
“Incredibly excited to come to India for this big opportunity. So many things running through my mind. I knew at 9am this morning about the auction but I was struggling to find a stream, it wasn’t on TV in England and finally someone sent me a link.
I sat with my girlfriend and her dad to watch it. I actually turned my phone off because I thought I was behind and didn’t want to see any messages saying ‘congrats’. I saw the bids coming from Mumbai, then Chennai, having played for Chennai earlier it was cool to see them. I just got a call from the coach too about joining Punjab,” an extremely happy and excited Sam Curran signed off.
Rewinding to this year’s auction, Cameron Green, an Australian cricketer, was purchased by Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians (MI) for a whopping 17.5 crore.
Cameron Green became the second-most expensive player ever in the premier T20 event that was created in 2008 thanks to the five-time IPL champions’ winning bid.
“Green is a person we’ve been following for a few years, and we thought he was just what we needed. We’ve been seeking younger players for a few auctions, and he fits the perfect age profile for us,” Mumbai Indians owner Akash Ambani said during the auction. Green expressed his joy at getting selected by the Mumbai Indians before mentioning how much he enjoys the IPL.
“I’m pinching myself that this has all happened. It’s such a weird feeling watching an auction for yourself. I can’t believe how nervous I was and I was shaking like anything when the final call was confirmed. I’ve always been a huge fan of the IPL and it’s going to be so cool to be a part of it.
The Mumbai Indians are one of the powerhouses of the competition so I feel very humbled to be joining them. I can’t wait to get there next year,” Cameron Green said.
“I think joining such a great team in Mumbai, we obviously got such a history, all the past players that have played for them, and how great they are and how good the team is at the moment. I think you can look through all the players, playing with them, Rohit, Bumrah, Suryakumar Yadav to name a few.
Yeah, having Tim David, Jason Behrendorff also from Australia, so I’m so excited. We’ve got so much talent that you can learn off them and improve your own game. I loved my time in India for the two weeks then, so I’m happy I’m going to come back and be playing with the Mumbai Indians,” Cameron Green concluded.