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IPL 2018: Major blow to KKR’s campaign as Mitchell Starc pulls out of IPL

Injury concerns for Kolkata Knight Riders continued to cause headaches for the franchise as Mitchell Starc is scheduled to miss out of the 11th edition due to injury.

KKR’s campaign has been plagued with injury even before the start of the tournament. Their retained players Andre Russell and Sunil Narine remained doubtful for the season with a hamstring injury and suspect bowling action respectively.

Starc missed out on IPL 2017 for RCB as well.

Chris Lynn’s problematic shoulder dislocated for the fourth time during the recent Trans-Tasman T20I tri-series, while fielding.

The KKR think tank could finally breathe a sigh of relief with Russell and Lynn deemed available for the tournament.

However, the start of the 4th Test between Australia and South Africa saw Mitchell Starc being replaced by Chadd Sayers in the lineup.

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Mitchell Starc of Australia (Photo by Robert Cianflone – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

It was later revealed by cricket.co.au that the speedster sustained a tibial bone stress in his right leg.

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,” tweeted CA’s twitter handle.

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This comes in as a major blow for the KKR franchise as they acquired the services of Starc by shelling out a whopping sum of INR 9.6 Crores.

Starc missed out on the last edition of IPL for the Royal Challengers’ Bangalore. As a matter of fact, Starc’s IPL career has been plagued with injuries since the 2017 edition.

Here’s their complete squad:

Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Singh Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, Ranganath Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Vijay Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi

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