Kolkata Knight Riders injury woes are making the situation even tougher as Australian pacer Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of IPL 2018. He is suffering from ‘tibial bone stress’ in his right leg. He was also ruled out of the fourth and final Test against South Africa, starting today in Johannesburg. Debutant Chadd Sayers replaced him in the Australian 11 for the 4th test. Aggressive opener Chris Lynn is also out of fray, suffering from a dislocated right shoulder – an injury he picked up during Australia’s T20I tri-series final against New Zealand. However, he is expected to make a comeback sooner than later.
BREAKING: Mitchell Starc has a ‘tibial bone stress in his right leg’.
He will return home for further assessment after the Test and will miss the IPL.
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) March 30, 2018
Starc was bought for a healthy sum of INR 9.4 Cr by KKR during the IPL auction which was held in January.
Australia’s senior pacer’s bad luck with the most money making cricket league continues as he will be missing the tournament for the third year in a row. He ended his association with RCB last year to focus on International cricket, whereas a foot fracture kept him out of the 2016 edition.
KKR’s most successful bowler Sunil Narine was reported for his bowling action yet again in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League(PSL), which could add an extra pressure on the bowler in IPL. The franchise picked India’s U19 stars like Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti alongside senior pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson. The oustment of Starc will add a bit more pressure on India’s juniors and Mitchell Johnson to perform for the franchise. However they will surely miss the services of Starc who was seen as a great death over specialist for the team.