Mitchell Starc hasn’t played in the IPL since 2015 after making his debut for RCB in 2014.
A plethora of well-known names will be up for grabs in the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) mini-auction. One of the names that stands out is Australian rhythm sensation Mitchell Starc. It is a popular belief that a number of franchises will go behind the Speed Merchant and that he may become the most expensive buy in league history.
However, it all depends on whether Mitchell Starc makes himself available for the Indian League or not. The Australian speedster hasn’t played in the IPL since 2015 after making his debut for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2014. In 2018, he was picked to play for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) but was excluded due to injury.
Starc then made himself unavailable for IPL 2020 to prepare for the 2020 ICC T20 World Cup, which has been postponed to October 2021 in India due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. However, despite not playing IPL for many seasons, Stimulator asserted his rights at IPL 2021 with his exemplary performance in the limited series for the Australian national team.
3 teams who can bid for Mitchell Starc in the 2021 IPL auction
1. Royal Challengers Bangalore
The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) boast of having legends like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Yuzvendra Chahal in their squad, but they failed to win their first IPL trophy. One of the main reasons behind this is their bowling alley. There have been numerous occasions where, despite massive 200+ totals on the board, Bangalore lost the game as the bowlers failed to defend the target.
In addition, before IPL 2021, the Bangalore The outfit released its pacers, including Chris Morris and Umesh Yadav, while Dale Steyn had made himself unavailable for this season. This leaves Virat Kohli with just three main stimulators Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini and Kane Richardson.
Thus, management hopes to link Mitchell Starc in the team to fill the holes in their ship and realize their dream of lifting their first IPL trophy. Additionally, Starc has a long association with RCB as he made his IPL debut wearing only a red and gold jersey.