England striking all-rounder Sam Curran recently got candid with the GQ magazine and discussed England’s strategies and mindset before stepping into the ODI World Cup, 2023. The defending champions, England will commence their World Cup campaign against New Zealand where they left in the ODI World Cup 2019. The team will play their first match on 5 October in the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.
Sam Curran believes India will be the favourites to win this season of the World Cup considering the conditions. The player of the series of the T20 World Cup 2022, talked about the comeback of Ben Stokes in the team and the English captain Jos Buttler’s strategy to lead the side for the ODI World Cup, 2023.
Sam Curran exclusively talked to the GQ magazine, and said, “Jos wants our team to attack with flair – he’d rather get bowled out for a lower score, showing positive intent, than meander our way to a safe score. He always wants to be breaking boundaries, pushing teams and putting them under a lot of pressure. Naturally, people want to see fours, sixes and wickets”.
Sam Curran on India being the favourites for ODI World Cup 2023
“You see the way England are playing Test cricket now with Ben Stokes coming in (as captain). They want players to attack, attack, attack. No team has really done that before and they’ve caught others off guard, so it’s about breaking the traditions in a way to keep the game moving forward,” he added.
“It’s huge. He’s the man of the moment. In most situations, he always seems to be that guy. Looking back at the last World Cup, he’s the one who got them so close. He retired but I knew that if his body could do it, he really wanted to come back. He’s a massive player to have and his presence and skill are up there with the best in the world,” he said while talking about Ben Stokes.
“I feel like India being the home side, and with it being their conditions, they’re probably the favourites. Cricket’s a religion (in India) so you’ve got to go with an open mind, take it all in and expect an amazing experience. For one of my good mates, Gus Atkinson, it’s his first time going to India, so he’s been asking questions about the conditions, the culture, the people, the fans. People just love the game and when you leave the hotel, you get mobbed by loads of fans, which is amazing. It just shows how much people love and worship cricket in India,” concluded Sam Curran.