Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc has revealed that he will put his name in the IPL 2024 auction to join the next edition of the world’s biggest franchise T20 league. Starc last played in IPL 2015 when he represented Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and has played 27 matches in the league. He was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in 2018 but was out of the league due to injury.
While Mitchell Starc has been away from the IPL for some time citing the importance of keeping himself fresh for Test cricket, he feels this will be the perfect dress rehearsal for next year’s T20 World Cup. Here’s what he said on the Willow Talk Cricket Podcast:
“Look it’s been eight years. I’m definitely going back in [next] year. Amongst other things, it’s a great lead-up to the T20 World Cup. So a good opportunity to see if anyone’s interested in the IPL, then lead into the T20 World Cup. And it’s somewhat of a quiet winter next year…in comparison to this winter, so I think a perfect opportunity to put my name in.”
Fans on X are excited to see Mitchell Starc return to the league after nine years. Here are some reactions:
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Mitchell Starc On His Future Goals
Test cricket has always been a priority for Mitchell Starc and he has been sensational in the ODI World Cup as well, finishing as the highest wicket-taker in both the editions. Here’s what he had to say about his near future:
“Not just get to 100, I’d like to be good enough to be picked for 100 Tests. And then the big one obviously in a couple of weeks is the World Cup, which in India just goes to another level. I try not to look too far ahead with anything. Obviously, we want to do well in the World Cup. Then we’ve got five Test matches here in Australia and then I haven’t actually played a Test in New Zealand, so hopefully I’m on that tour and look forward to that challenge as well.”
Starc stepping into the ring would certainly have alerted many IPL franchises and is likely to spark another massive bidding war for the services of the fast bowler.