“Money's nice, but I'd love to play 100 Test matches’: Mitchell Starc on skipping IPL since 2015

Starc has played only two editions of the IPL for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Mitchell Starc | GettyAhead of the World Test Championship (WTC) Final against India, Australia speedster Mitchell Starc explained why he hasn’t featured in the Indian Premier League since 2015.

While Starc admitted that skipping the IPL has not been great for his back pocket, he is doing so to prolong his international career.

During the 2018 mega-auction, the left-arm pacer was roped in by Kolkata Knight Riders for a hefty sum of INR 9.4 Crore. However, an injury kept him out of the season and he hasn’t registered for an auction since then.

Speaking to cricket.com.au, Starc said the money is nice in the T20 league but he would prefer playing 100 Tests for Australia.

"To choose not to do certain things to prolong playing for Australia, I've tried to be smart about that," Starc stated.

"Yeah, the money's nice, but I'd love to play 100 Test matches. Whether I get there or not, I don't know, but that would be a nice one to tick off. Hopefully, there's a little bit left in me."

Mitchell Starc, 33, has appeared in 77 Tests so far, claiming 306 wickets at an average of 27.52. He has also played 110 ODIs and 58 T20s, taking 219 and 73 scalps respectively.

“To play three formats for over 10 years, it’s been a lot of pain along the way, but I’m grateful I’ve gotten that far. Whilst I’ve tried to add to the bow, as soon as I lose air speed, there’s going to be someone chasing me.

“Once that next left-armer is coming through, yeah, I’m sure I’ll know when I know.”

Having copped a lot of criticism for his underwhelming performance in the last few years, Starc has now learnt to deal with it.

“That (media criticism) might have bothered me a few years ago, but I’ve certainly settled on a happy place where it doesn’t bother me anymore,” he said.

“If that’s what people think, that’s what they think … if I’m the whipping boy sometimes, that’s fine.

“I’m certainly more comfortable in my own skin. Perspective is everything, and one of the biggest contributors to perspective is going through those tough times.”


By Salman Anjum - 06 Jun, 2023

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