Australian speedster Mitchell Starc is the kind of bowler any Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise would love to have in their ranks. He is a fierce and precise bowler who has all the ingredients to single-handedly demolish any opposition. Still, whether it was due to injuries or different priorities, the cash-rich league couldn’t see enough.
For a third year after the rebound, the 31-year-old chose not to enter the IPL auction. Especially in the run-up to the 2021 T20 World Cup, the IPL might have been the perfect time for Starc to get ready. But it was not.
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Speaking to Cricket.com.au, the left arm stimulator revealed his reason for not participating in the IPL auction this year. Starc, who currently represents New South Wales (NSW) in the Sheffield Shield, said he decided to skip the IPL to play “as much Shield Cricket” as he could.
“I wanted to play as much Shield cricket as possible. Managing a few little things with the body and wanting to play as much red ball cricket as possible with some guys heading into IPL, that was my intention to be the constant in Team Shield and I hope to play there. a role as a senior manager of the team, ”he told Cricket.com.au.
Starc added, “It’s been a grueling summer for most people, whether you’ve been to different centers and bubbles or started in August, everyone is doing their best.”
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The absence of the fast and gangly pitcher, however, benefited his compatriots. Pat Cummins was the most expensive foreign player in IPL 2020 when he was chosen by the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for a crore of 15.5 rupees. In the IPL 2021 auction, Punjab Kings – formerly Kings XI Punjab – secured the services of stimulators Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith for sums of ₹14 crore and 8 crore, respectively.
The former RCB Starc driver only played two IPL seasons; bagging 37 wickets in 27 games. In 2018 it was awarded ₹Contract for 9.4 crore by KKR but had to withdraw due to an injury sustained during the tour of South Africa a few weeks before the start of the season.