Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc is out of this season’s IPL with an injury, and will be returning Australia soon for further treatment.
The Aussie pacer is currently in South Africa and amid the ball tampering controversy, he has also been ruled out of the final test between the Proteas and Aussies due to a tibial injury. A “tibial bone stress fracture in his right leg” to be precise again has added another blow in the bowler’s career as he was just recently back from a heel problem.
Starc will miss IPL 2018 due to injury
Starc will be flying back down under for further assessments soon and that means curtains for his chances of playing in this year’s Indian Premier League. He didn’t take part in the ongoing 4th test as Chadd Sayers got a nod, which means the Australian team had to make the 4th change after the trio of Smith, Warner and Bancroft already back in Australia after their ball tampering act.
For Australia, loss of Starc yet again will be a blow, and so it will be for the Kolkata Knight Riders. The Knights bought him for more than INR 9 crore in the auction and he meant to be their main spearhead. Loosing Starc puts them in jeopardy as the 2 time IPL champions will have to find a prompt solution.
His absence will weaken Kolkata’s bowling department
There can still be more woes for the KKR side as Chris Lynn and Andre Russell have questions over their availability, while Sunil Narine is yet again scrutinized for some action related issues. So their top four overseas stars all have some negative issues to deal with and now with Starc’s unavailability, they are further in trouble unless they find a decent replacement.
The Knights will face Royal Challengers Bangalore on 8th April to kickstart their campaign.