Given that Virat Kohli pulled out of his maiden county stint due to a neck injury, England speedster Sam Curran missed the opportunity to share the dressing room with him at Surrey. Curran was fairly excited to play in the company of Kohli and now he is eager to test himself against the Indian captain.
Curran, who made his Test and ODI debut against Pakistan and Australia last month, is part of England’s T20I squad that will take on India in the first match on Tuesday (July 3).
"I was pretty excited when he was meant to be my team-mate at Surrey and I was expecting to be laughing at the other county bowlers. Now if I get the chance it'll be my chance to get taken down! It'll be fun,” Curran quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
"You want to play against these big names and test yourself, find out where you need to improve. All the Surrey boys were gutted he didn't come because we were expecting some big crowds and learning the way he trains, apparently he's a freak in the gym, so it would have been special to work with him," he added.
Talking about Kohli’s prowess as a batsman, Curran hailed him as a special player and compared him with the in-form English batters.
"Bowling at Kohli is probably like what other teams think bowling at England at the moment," he said. "They are special, particularly on these wickets."
Curran concluded by speaking about his own journey from county to international cricket.
"It's been a pretty special couple of weeks. Wouldn't have thought it at the start of the summer, thought I'd just deal with my Surrey stuff but that's how things go, you just get on a roll and ride the rollercoaster and just try to enjoy it. Watching Jimmy (James Anderson) and Broad (Stuart Broad) on the sofa and then next thing I know I'm stood at mid-on watching while they are steaming in. It's pretty surreal. I won't forget it," he signed-off.