It is hard to believe that a skinny and tall lad from Sydney would put fear in batsmen’s minds, but this is what Mitchell Starc did with his accurate and brilliant bowling action. This Australian bowler can bowl the most lethal bouncers and possesses variations of yorkers, which can rattle the best of batsmen. He was once an aspiring wicket-keeper in his junior cricketing years but later became one of the fearsome bowlers of the 21st century. He was convinced by his club coach to abandon the wicket-keeping gloves and turn him to fast bowling.
Mitchell Starc’s age was 19 when he started playing cricket for Northern Districts as a wicket-keeper. He attended Homebush Boys High School and represented his school as a cricketer of the Northern Districts Cricket Association (NDCA). Starc also played as the junior cricketer for the Berala Sports Cricket Club, where he represented his team as a bowler and wicket-keeper in the same innings.
Starc made his debut for his home state New South Wales in 2009. His terrific performance for the Western Suburbs made him immensely popular, which led to his selection in the final match of the season, replacing Aaron Bird. Starc earned a spot in the off-season of Centre of Excellence in 2009. He made a half-century and took 21 wickets in the 2009–10 season of Sheffield Shield games against Queensland. 5/74 was his personal best in the year.
Mitchell Starc made his One Day International debut in October 2010 against Indian team and was wicketless in his debut match. He made his Test debut in December 2011 against New Zealand in the two-Test series, taking two wickets each in both Tests. In the third Test against India, he took four wickets as the track was pace-friendly. Starc fell one run short to score his maiden Test ton during the 2012-13 Test series.
He made his T20I debut in September 2012 against Pakistan, where he took just one wicket. In the third Test of the 2012-13 South African tour, Mitchell Starc took 6/154 and scored the second-fastest Test ton by an Australian in 32 balls in the second innings. He won the Man of the Tournament award in the 2015 Cricket World Cup. He gave the best performance of his ODI career in the league match of the 2015 World Cup against New Zealand, where he took six wickets for 28 runs.
In the 2016–17 Border–Gavaskar series, Starc reached 1000 Test runs and took 9 wickets for 109 runs, for which he received the Man-of-the-Match. Mitchell Starc took 13 wickets against India in the 2018–19 Border–Gavaskar Trophy and in the Test series against Sri Lanka, he took his first 10-wicket haul. In the 2019 Ashes Series, Starc played only one game and took four wickets in two innings.
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Mitchell Starc’s IPL and BBL Career
Starc was signed for the inaugural Big Bash (BBL) by the Sydney Sixers in 2012 and he picked 13 wickets in six matches, helping his team win the tournament. In the 2014 IPL auction, Royal challengers Bangalore picked Starc and he repaid their faith by taking 14 wickets in that season. Mitchell Starc’s RCB journey continued in the 2015 edition, but he missed a few matches in the beginning due to injury. Starc gave the 2016 IPL a miss and then parted ways with RCB to focus on international cricket.
Mitchell Starc’s IPL team for the 2018 edition was Kolkata Knight Riders, who bought him for ₹9.4 crores, but he was ruled out of the tournament because of an injury. Starc did not make himself available for IPL in 2019, as he wanted to focus on preparing for the World Cup to be held later that year. Mitchell Starc’s IPL 2020 journey got over way before it began as he opted out of the tournament because he wanted to focus on preparing for the T20 World Cup.
Starc’s International Records
- Starc bowled the fastest delivery to Ross Taylor at 160.4 kmph in a Test match against New Zealand on November 15, 2015.
- He is the leading wicket-taker in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, with 22 wickets.
- Mitchell Starc became the leading Australian wicket-taker across all formats taking 60 wickets in the year 2014-15.
- He is the fastest pacer to take 100 ODI wickets (52 innings).
- Mitchell Starc is the fastest bowler to take 150 ODI wickets in 77 matches.
- He is the 14th Australian team player to pick 100 wickets as well as score 1000 runs in Tests.
- With 87 wickets, Starc is the leading wicket-taker in international cricket in the 2015 calendar year.
- He has the three five-wicket hauls in World Cup cricket, which is a record.
- With 27 wickets, Starc was the leading wicket-taker in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.
|Full Name||Mitchell Aaron Starc|
|Born||30 January 1990|
|Mitchell Starc’s Height||1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)|
Mitchell Starc’s brother Brandon Starc is an Australian high jumper. In 2015, he married Alyssa Healy, and they met each other when they were 9. Mitchell Starc’s wife is also a cricketer and is the wicket-keeper of the Women’s Australian team.
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