Player Profile

Thomas Kevin Curran
England
Born March 12, 1995 ( 24 Yrs )
Birth Place Cape Town, Cape Province
Height
Known As
Player Role Bowling Allrounder
Player Bat Style Right Handed Bat
Player Bowl Style Right-arm fast-medium

Career Information - Teams

Surrey, England Lions, England, South, Cape Town Knight Riders, Hobart Hurricanes, Kolkata Knight Riders, Kerala Knights, Sydney Sixers, Tshwane Spartans


ICC Rankings

TEST ODI T20
Batting
Bowling
All Rounder

Profile

Cricket runs in his genes. Tom Curran is son of former Zimbabwe international cricketer - Kevin Curran. His brothers - Sam and Ben - are also professional cricketers. Born in South Africa, Tom played junior cricket for KwaZulu-Natal Inland. It was former Surrey captain Ian Greig who saw his talent in school cricket and Surrey invited Curran to play for the second XI. A couple of years later, Curran made his first-class debut.

The Surrey management were mesmerised by his talent. A strapping, genuine quick who regularly bowls in the 140-150kph range generating away swing, former coach Chris Adams even compared him to Dale Steyn. Curran took 5 for 34 against Scotland in a one-day game in 2013, but had to wait until 2014 to get his first-class chance in a Surrey attack brimful of pace pedigree.

Curran grew as a cricketer with time and was fast touted to be one of England's future Test hopefuls. A top-class performer coupled with solid batting, he was offered an England call-up, for the Twenty20 series against South Africa in 2017. Curran had a fairly decent outing on debut and impressed with his guile.

A fast derailing Ashes tour coupled with injuries to preferred quicks meant that Curran was handed his Test debut during the tour of Australia in 2017-18. It was baptism by fire for the young fast bowler who tried hard, even picking the prized scalp of Steve Smith once in the series. However, he was largely ineffective despite his honest efforts. Much like his co-fast bowlers, Curran's pace was never high enough to unsettle batsmen. Australian pitches generally remain flat and it's the sheer pace that can make a bowler succeed there. Curran wasn't quick enough for it and therefore couldn't succeed. Despite all that, he did impress everyone with his fighting ability. In the ODI series that followed the Ashes, Curran bagged his maiden ODI fifer at Perth, a performance which earned him the Man of the Match award.

Considering his ability to swing the ball and also the ability to contribute with the bat, Curran could in England's radar as far as the shorter formats go. He does have good changes in pace which can be effective in ODIs and T20s while he definitely can hit the ball a long way as well. Coming to his Test future, it shall be interesting to see how England handle him, given that the team itself had a disastrous Ashes campaign. That said, Curran will definitely need to improve his speeds if he wants to succeed in all conditions.

Although he was named in England’s 15-member preliminary World Cup squad, he would have nervously checked his phone ahead of official squad announcement. Just weeks before the World Cup, he showcased his prowess with the bat in his hand - returning with scores of 47*, 31 and 29*. Although he could be expensive at times, he has the handy knack of removing set-batsmen. Curran is also in asset during the death overs - thanks to his ability to bowl yorkers and the deceivable slower deliveries. The senior Curran didn't get an opportunity to show his prowess at the world stage, but he also became the first man in his family to wear the world cup medal.

Written by Abhinand Raghavendran


Career

TEST debut vs Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Dec 26, 2017
Last TEST vs Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground, Jan 04, 2018
ODI debut vs West Indies at The Rose Bowl, Sep 29, 2017
Last ODI vs Pakistan at Headingley, May 19, 2019
T20 debut vs South Africa at The Cooper Associates County Ground, Jun 23, 2017
Last T20 vs New Zealand at Eden Park, Nov 10, 2019
IPL debut vs Chennai Super Kings at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Apr 10, 2018
Last IPL vs Mumbai Indians at Eden Gardens, May 09, 2018

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
ODI 17 11 7 178 47 44.5 166 107.23 0 0 0 18 4
T20 15 6 4 36 14 18 27 133.33 0 0 0 0 3
Test 2 3 1 66 39 33 120 55 0 0 0 12 0
IPL 5 4 1 23 18 7.67 28 82.14 0 0 0 3 0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
ODI 17 17 762 805 27 35/5 35/5 6.34 29.81 28.22 1 0
T20 15 15 288 418 16 36/4 36/4 8.71 26.12 18 0 0
Test 2 3 396 200 2 65/1 82/1 3.03 100 198 0 0
IPL 5 5 61 118 6 19/2 19/2 11.61 19.67 10.17 0 0