IPL 2022: Australia’s left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc made a telling impact with the ball in the recently-concluded Ashes Test series against England. The southpaw took 19 wickets to his name in 5 games at a bowling average of 25.37.
He troubled the England batters with his line and length. After the Ashes series, he was expected to take part in the upcoming mega auction but opted out of the mega auction at the last minute.
Starc has always put international duty as the first priority. The left-arm pacer didn’t show interest to play in the Indian Premier League for more than six years now. He has played 27 games in the cash-rich IPL.
Notably, he played all those games for Royal Challengers Bangalore. He has been pretty decent with the ball where he accounted for 34 dismissals to his credit. He took so many crucial wickets in the powerplay overs.
Moreover, he maintained an impressive economy rate of 7.17. The left-arm pacer has earned a total of INR 20 crores from the lucrative Indian Premier League.
He was on the verge of putting his name for the auction. However, he decided not to do so. He also revealed the reason behind pulling out of the auction.
IPL 2022: Why did Mitchell Starc pull out of the mega auction?
The 32-year-old highlighted that he was just a click away from registering himself for the mega auction. However, he personally didn’t want to spend over 22 weeks in a bubble. This is the reason why he pulled out of the auction.
“I was a click of the button away from entering the auction but personally didn’t want to spend 22 more weeks in a bubble,” said Starc. The paceman’s comments came after he received the Allan Border Medal for the best Australian male player of the year.
Moreover, he wants to make sure that he prioritizes international games over anything else. He further added that he needs more time to keep himself active. “(I) needed more time to refresh the body, and for me, that’s prioritizing Aussie games.”
Mitchell Starc has been on a relentless journey with the Australian cricket team from the T20 World Cup last year. Australia won the maiden T20 World Cup trophy while also winning the prestigious Ashes against England.
“They’ll be a time where I’d love to go back to the IPL but in terms of wanting to play as much as I can for Australia, a multi-format player as well, that’s a decision I’ve done for a while and gives me an opportunity to spend time with (wife) Alyssa (Healy) and family in those eight weeks outside of a cricket bubble,” he added.
Meanwhile, the upcoming mega auction will kick off in Bengaluru on February 12 and 13 respectively. The BCCI is planning to host the cash-rich IPL in the last week of March.