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Sam Curran Becomes First Specialist Bowler To Be Awarded POTT At T20 World Cup

England are crowned the T20 World Champions for the second time in history. It was a low-scoring match that saw bowlers dominating from both sides. One particular bowler stood out not only in this match but also during the whole tournament. Sam Curran was the unexpected hero for England as he bagged 13 wickets in 6 matches at an astonishingly low economy of 6.52. Curran filled in the shoes of Jofra Archer perfectly.

Very few would have expected Sam Curran to return such figures given that the left-armer doesn’t have much advantage of height. He made up for it by hitting the deck hard and bowling tight lengths. In a first, Sam Curran became the first specialist bowler in the history of T20 World Cups to be awarded the Player of the Tournament.

With Mark Wood out of knockouts due to an injury, it was Sam Curran who stepped up and delivered whenever the captain asked him to. Much like the 1992 World Cup, it was a left-arm quick who was awarded the Player of the Match at MCG. With such strong performance, England look steady enough to defend their ODI World Cup title next year. Here’s what Sam Curran had to say about the World Cup win and him being awarded as the Player of the Tournament:

Curran Reveals His Thought Process Heading Into The World Cup

“I don’t think I should be getting this, I think the way Ben Stokes played there, to get a fifty in a final and he does it so many times for us, he should get this (PoTM.). We are going to enjoy this occasion and it is very special. Big square boundaries, so I knew my into the wicket type bowling would work and try to make them hit square of the wicket.

We felt the wicket was not as good as we thought it would be. It was nipping around everywhere and it was challenge to chase. I go into the wicket with my slower balls and try to keep the batsmen guessing. We are World Champions, how good. Incredibly special (to have Stokes). He is someone I look up to and always turns up when the team needs him, people question him but there’s no questioning him, he’s the man.

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To be honest, I am little bit lost for words, it has been a great tournament. First time for me in a World Cup and we have won it. Amazing crowd. I wanted to be adaptable coming into the tournament. I haven’t bowled much at the death before and that is one area I want to keep improving. I want to improve my batting though it is tough to get to bat in this line-up. How good is it to be a World Champ (smiles)!”

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