Kolkata Knight Riders have received a major setback as Mitchell Starc who was bought for a whopping INR 9.4 Crores will miss the IPL 2018 due to an injury. This will be the third IPL in a row missed by the Australian Speedster.
The Australian fast bowler missed IPL 2016 due to injury and also pulled out of IPL 2017. The Pacer is reported to have a ‘tibial bone stress in his right leg’. He will return back to Australia for further assessment after Johannesburg test.
In the 27 IPL matches that he has played so far, he has taken 34 wickets at an economy of 7.17. It will be interesting to see who KKR opt for as a replacement for the champion fast bowler.
Mitchell’s Starc bowling partner Josh Hazlewood can certainly be added as the replacement. Other players who can be added include South African fast bowler Morne Morkel and English fast bowler David Willey. Starc’s co-patriot Faulkner who was also unsold can also be considered as an option for replacing Starc.
After Starc getting ruled out, Johnson will have to step his game a couple of notches above and will have to lead the KKR bowling from the front in the tournament.
The way Starc has attracted injuries is a real matter of concern not only for him but also the Australian cricket team. He has loads of talent and skills and is unarguably the most threatening bowler from the current generation fast bowler. This very fact hurts the team whenever he gets injured.
KKR invested some big money on Starc and would be really disappointed after this injury. They will be hoping that Johnson can fill in the void created by Starc’s absence so that they can clinch their third title in the history of the tournament.