Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered a serious blow to their campaign ahead of this year’s IPL. Australian Spearhead and one of the most destructive fast bowlers in the world, Mitchell Starc, has pulled out of the 2017 edition of the IPL.
Starc feels that his national duties are way more important than the hefty pay cheque he receives at Royal Challengers Bangalore, and in order to achieve that it is necessary that his body gets proper rest.
Despite the perception that the subcontinent pitches are a paradise for spin bowlers, Starc has a crucial role to play against the No.1 ranked side in the world and that too in their own backyard. Starc was brilliant last year in Sri Lanka, though his side was whitewashed 3-0 in the series. A few months later Australia have to tour Bangladesh and considering his exploits in Sri Lanka, Starc is expected to work his magic again if Australia have to succeed in a pursuit which has been a nightmare for other teams recently.
The IPL, often being criticized by Cricket Australia for putting its players at risk of injury, is now believed to be a key weapon in Steve Smith’s arsenal. Australian Vice-Captain David Warner, who is involved in the cash rich league since 2009, believes that the experience he and his several teammates got while playing for different franchises in the IPL will certainly boost their confidence when they come out to face Virat & Co. in the test series starting 23 February in Pune.
No surprise at all that Mitch Starc has pulled out of the IPL. He has had a long season and Australia will want to look after him.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 19, 2017
Omission of Starc adds another INR 5 crore to RCB’s purse along with an additional slot for an overseas player. Kolkata assistant coach and former Australian batsman, Simon Katich, said,” They (Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood) vary their approach to IPL in order to manage their workload and schedule. Both of them sat out from the IPL last year while Mitch Marsh opted out of an IPL season to prepare for the previous Ashes campaign.”“ It should be an individual player’s decision what will be beneficial for their game,” added Katich.
Mitchell Starc's absence might just have raised Tymal Mills and Rabada's price by a few hundred thousand dollars ???? #IPLAuction
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) February 19, 2017
The 27-year old Australian pacer was picked up by Bangalore based franchise in 2014 and has taken 34 wickets for his team.