IPL 2024: Starc made KKR champion by recovering the cost of Rs 24.75 crore, reminded of the World Cup

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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Chennai. Mitchell Starc must have hardly seen the 'reel' that went viral on Instagram a month ago, when Indian batsmen were hitting sixes on him continuously in the stadium. In this reel, instead of Starc's voice, a person in Haryanvi accent was saying, 'Maza aa gaya, I am enjoying my record price of Rs 24.75 crore in IPL.' However, the makers of this reel forgot that Starc is a player of big matches and that is why such a huge amount was spent on him in the IPL auction.

Mitchell Starc, who returned to IPL after 8 years, took only seven wickets in the first 9 matches. Seeing him out of form, the patience of KKR fans failed and the trollers started making reels. Away from all this, Starc was working hard to get back in form. Once he returned to form, he started wreaking havoc. He showed his talent against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede ground and then in the playoffs and final. In the final against Sunrisers Hyderabad, he took 2 wickets for just 14 runs in a spell of 3 overs. He made Abhishek Sharma and Rahul Tripathi his victims.

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Even before this, Mitchell Starc has taken the wickets of big batsmen in the finals of big tournaments. Be it the wicket of Brendon McCullum in the final of the ODI World Cup 2015 or the final of the World Cup 2023, where he dismissed Shubman Gill and KL Rahul and pushed the Indian batting on the backfoot.
Abhishek Sharma, who has been in great form this IPL, must have got a glimpse of international cricket from the way Starc played in the final. In a big tournament like the World Cup or IPL, you do not need to take 30 wickets, but you have to perform well on two or three important days. KKR decided that Starc is worth Rs 24.75 crore and the New South Wales player showed that he is invaluable when it comes to big occasions.

For the last several years, Starc has been giving importance to Test cricket and hence has not played much in league cricket around the world. For him, there is no better sight than sending batsmen back to the pavilion with the red Kookaburra ball. Starc told the British newspaper Guardian before the Ashes last year, 'I like nothing more in cricket than sitting and celebrating with my teammates after winning a Test. It feels great to play in the baggy green with many of my close friends. (input language)

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