Mitchell Starc, a left-arm quick, has made a return to the IPL after an eight-year hiatus. He became the most expensive player in IPL history, edging past his Aussie skipper Pat Cummins, who was signed by SRH for Rs 20.5 crore earlier in the day.
Return to IPL:
Starc last featured in the IPL in 2015 for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. His ability to swing the ball at high speed, coupled with changes of pace, makes him a valuable asset in the IPL.
The Kolkata Knight Riders signed Starc for a whopping Rs 24.75 crore, making him the most expensive player in IPL history. This surpassed the previous record held by Pat Cummins, who was signed by SRH for Rs 20.5 crore.
Value as Preparation for T20 World Cup:
Starc’s inclusion in the IPL is seen as a strategic move, especially considering that he will use the tournament as preparation for the T20 World Cup in June.
Starc is no stranger to the IPL, having taken 20 wickets in 13 games in 2015, with an average of 14.55 and an economy rate of 6.76.
Impact on Team:
The Kolkata Knight Riders will benefit from Starc’s ability to swing the ball and change speeds, which could prove crucial in the IPL.
Impact on Australian Team:
Despite Starc’s exit from the Australian team, his inclusion in the IPL could potentially affect the Australian team’s preparations for the T20 World Cup.
Impact on Indian Premier League:
The Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals began the bidding war for Starc, indicating the significant influence his inclusion could have on the IPL.
Starc’s signing broke the record for the most expensive purchase in auction history, surpassing the previous record held by Pat Cummins.
Josh Hazlewood: Despite being an Australian quick, Josh Hazlewood did not feature in the IPL auction.
Future Plans: Starc’s return to the IPL is seen as a one-year commitment, with the aim of preparing for the T20 World Cup .