Mitchell Starc, the 33-year-old Australian seamer, has expressed his desire to play 100 Test matches for his country as the reason behind his decision not to participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Starc, who made his Test debut in 2011, has played 77 Test matches and claimed 306 wickets at an average of 27.52.
Prioritizing Test Career
Starc’s focus on his Test career and the ambition to reach the milestone of 100 Test matches is the primary reason he has chosen not to participate in the lucrative IPL. While acknowledging the financial benefits of the IPL, Starc values representing Australia in the longest format of the game and hopes to achieve the milestone of 100 Test matches, although he acknowledges that reaching that goal is uncertain.
A Successful International Career
In addition to his impressive Test record, Starc has also made significant contributions to Australian cricket in other formats. He played a crucial role in Australia’s victory in the 2015 World Cup and the 2021 T20 World Cup. Starc has represented Australia in 110 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and 58 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), claiming 219 and 73 wickets, respectively.
Future Prospects and Challenges
Starc recognizes that maintaining a successful international career across all three formats for over a decade has come with its fair share of challenges and sacrifices. He acknowledges the physical toll the game has taken on him and the inevitability of new talent emerging, particularly in the form of left-arm fast bowlers. Despite this, Starc remains committed to giving his best for Australia and accepting the natural progression of his career when the time comes.
Media Criticism and Personal Growth
Starc reflects on the media criticism he has faced over the years and how he has reached a point where it no longer bothers him. Having played only two editions of the IPL for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, he has found contentment in his decisions and has settled into a happy space where external opinions no longer affect him.
The upcoming ICC World Test Championship Final between India and Australia will be held at The Oval in London. Starc aims to add another significant achievement to his name by helping Australia defeat India in this prestigious match, further solidifying his status as one of the leading fast bowlers in international cricket.
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