Mitchell Starc, Australia bowler, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Left-arm pacer expected to repeat heroics of 2015 in mega event

Australia is likely to use him in short bursts and will rely on him heavily to provide the breakthroughs with the new ball. If Starc can replicate his 2015 World Cup then Australia will be a tough team to beat.

Gaurav Joshi, Apr 27, 2019 16:04:01 IST

It is incredible to contemplate that Mitchell Starc was a wicket-keeper until the age of 15. Standing at 6ft 5, Starc was always destined to be a menacing fast bowler. He's athletic run-up, gather and a perfect release enable him to swing the ball into the right-hand batsmen at a brisk pace.

Starc was the player of the tournament in Australia in 2015, taking 22 wickets in eight matches with an astonishing strike-rate of 10.18. His spell of 6/28 against New Zealand and his ball that disturb the stumps of Brendon McCullum in the World Cup final will remain enriched in cricket lovers' mind forever. Four years on and Starc will once again be the leader of the pack.

File image of Australa pace spearhead Mitchell Starc. Reuters

File image of Australa pace spearhead Mitchell Starc. Reuters

In 75 matches he has taken 145 wickets at a strike-rate of 25.9 and an economy rate of 4.95. Starc's record in ODI cricket is phenomenal and puts him on the pedestal along with the most elite fast bowlers that have played the game.

However, on this occasion, he heads into the tournament with limited match practice. Starc has spent the last three months recovering from a side strain and has not featured in the Australian set-up in the past 13 matches.

There is no doubt Starc will take the new ball in the first match and if he can get his inswinger spot on, it could be doomsday for the batsmen. He is also an exceptional death bowler. His toe-crushing yorkers are the best in the business. He can also worry the batsmen by bowling around the wicket and has also developed a good slower ball.

Australia is likely to use him in short bursts and will rely on him heavily to provide the breakthroughs with the new ball. If Starc can replicate his 2015 World Cup then Australia will be a tough team to beat.

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Updated Date: May 16, 2019 14:01:06 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254