Australian pacer Mitchell Starc is all ready to challenge the speed record after adding muscle and modifying his bowling action. Starc’s career has been marred with injuries and whenever he’s reached the 160 kph mark it has left him wounded most of the times.
The speedster is only one of the few who can reach the holy 160 km per hour mark. His fastball came at a 160.4 kph yorker during the second test against New Zealand at the WACA in 2015.
Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar holds the record for the fastest ball in cricket. He delivered a 161.3 kph rocket in 2003 against England, many have come close to it but never crossed yet.
Ready To Push The Limits Again: Mitchell Starc
The 30-year-old recalls his injury woes whenever he’s hit the 160 kph mark. He has been out of action for long now but has worked out during the lockdown and modified his action to seize the record. He hopes that the extra weight added will not only help in his pace but also prevent injuries
“It would be nice but at the same time the two occasions I’ve been up around that (160 kph) mark I’ve snapped my foot,” he said in comments published by Cricket Australia’s website.
“Hopefully that’s not the case but when everything is going well, that rhythm is happening and conditions suit, then I can get that speed gun up. Perhaps that extra time in the gym and extra time off I might be able to push the limits again.”
I still want to bowl fast and I’m not going to compromise that
Mitchell Starc told he has added a tweak to his action that has helped him retain his pace. He said he wanted to find a way to maintain his pace but also not be injury-prone due to the action and that tweak has helped him a lot.
“At the start of the (2019-20) summer and after that UK tour, I very much got in that line and length (and) consistency mindset that the whole (fast bowling) group were about through the Ashes,” he said.
“That’s not to say that’s not important, but I think I’ve found a happy medium with this little tweak to still have that better consistency but still have my pace. I still want to bowl fast and I’m not going to compromise that, but I had to find a way that wasn’t expensive at the same time and I think that little tweak in the action has helped that.”
Mitchell Starc is most likely to back in the team for India’s anticipated tour of Australia for a Test series, later this year. Starc has shown his qualities on multiple occasions and is deemed as one of the best pacers in the cricket.He was the leading wicket-taker in Australia’s title-winning 2015 world cup campaign.