Pace bowling is witnessing a complete high altogether, thanks to the sheer unadulterated brilliance of Mitchell Starc. The lanky New South Wales pacer has been an enigma to reckon with in the last few years, as his hostile bowling has been a complete nightmare for all batsmen. Starc, with his pace and energy, has been Australia’s biggest asset across all forms of the game.
The left arm pacer registered himself into the record books, as he became the quickest individual to get to 100 ODI wickets. Starc got to the elusive milestone in just his 52nd ODI, thus going ahead of former Pakistani spinner Saqlain Mushtaq. His three-wicket haul in the first ODI against Sri Lanka at Colombo would have great significance for the pacer.
In an interview, Starc admitted that he was glad to get to the record. “I guess it’s I could sit back and reflect on later on,” Starc said. “Quite frankly I’m glad it’s finished now, I don’t have to hear about it or talk about it anymore. I was just glad I could contribute to a win tonight. I guess it was a scrappy game, and once the series is finished or later down the track I could reflect on.”
Starc mentioned that working out with former bowling coach Craig McDermott a year before the World Cup, helped him improve. “It was work done before the World Cup with Craig McDermott especially, maybe 12 months prior to the World Cup and tinkering on a few things – my wrist [position] and swinging the ball and a tri-series before the World Cup,” he added. “I think everything started to click and it all felt really good.”
“Then obviously the World Cup was a pretty special period for the whole group and for me it was nice just to get the ball in the right areas more often than I probably had in the past. The one little period that will always stand out was the World Cup. That was very special not just for myself but for the whole squad and the staff. That is probably going to be a hard one to top,” Starc concluded.
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