The 23-12 months-previous, who performs for the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings, snared a fifer (5/48) towards Sri Lanka in the second ODI on Thursday to assist England to a sequence clinching-win.
“I feel it is (IPL) helped him enormously,” Thorpe was quoted as saying by ‘EspnCricinfo’.
“Every environment Sam has gone into, he’s shown that ability to compete and an ability to find a way of putting performances in. From that perspective, playing in the IPL has put him in high-pressured situations and pushed him.”
Bought by CSK at the 2020 auctions, Curran has already change into a significant cog in the scheme of issues, with skipper Dhoni entrusting him with the bat and the ball throughout essential instances.
“His hitting ability with the bat was always there. I think that’s progressed to a really good level,” Thorpe mentioned.
“He’s bowling at important times in the IPL, so he’s put under pressure and challenged. At 23, he’s getting some really good experiences.”
Thorpe, who has taken cost of England’s ongoing ODI sequence towards Sri Lanka in the absence of head coach Chris Silverwood, feels Curran is a “real competitor”, who’s bettering on a regular basis.
“When he comes back and plays with England, he’s having to challenge for a place so he’s being put under pressure there too,” Thorpe mentioned.
“That’s not a bad thing. One of his great personality traits is that he’s a real competitor. We have seen that ever since he was a young lad, and his skill level is going up. For a 23-year-old it’s a good place to be. We want him to keep getting better and better.”
However, Thorpe feels that the most important problem for Curran, who has performed 21 Tests, 10 ODIs and 16 T20Is since his debut in 2018, will likely be balancing all three codecs and churning out constant performances for the nationwide crew.
“Of course, he’s still got to work really hard. His T20 cricket has progressed really well, but I think establishing himself as a 50-over player as well is a really important part of it. He’s got to try and be in the mix as well for Test cricket.
“It seems like quite a bit of cricket. As you recognize, with somebody like Ben Stokes, the quantity of work and health ranges which are required for that’s big.
“So the challenge for Sam to be a multi-format cricketer is delivering that consistency as well for England time and time again.”