Mitchell Starc’s wrist position during the ongoing Boxing Day Test against India was praised by legendary Indian former batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Twitter.
Back in 2012, during the pacer’s younger playing days, he credited Pakistan bowling legend, Wasim Akram for helping him improve his wrist position. He said that invaluable tips gained from the legendary Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram helped him to swing the ball consistently.
Mitchell Starc records 250 Test wickets
Incidentally, the Australian pacer was able to dismiss Sachin Tendulkar during the Test series that was ongoing back then and credited Wasim Akram for his feat.
Starc’s quote from 2012 read: “It was a brief chat. I had the opportunity to catch up with him in Sydney. It was about wrist position to get the ball to swing consistently. I hope to catch up with him again. He is a genius and chatting with him would not do any harm.”
Starc’s wrist position and shape on the ball is something that was missing for a while.
The way he is now able to get the ball back in makes him a far more dangerous bowler.#AUSvIND
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 27, 2020
During the second day of the ongoing Boxing Day Test against team India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), the left-arm pacer broke yet another record by taking his 250th Test wicket in his 59th Test to surpass Aussie legend Richie Bernaud who retired with 248 wickets besides his name.
Mitchell Starc’s 250th Test scalp was Indian youngster wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant, who the speedster removed in the 11th over of the Indian innings during the second day’s play of the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
He picked up Mayank Agarwal’s wicket overnight who was plumb before wicket before dismissing Rishabh Pant who was caught by wicket-keeper skipper Tim Paine.
Rishabh Pant’s wicket was crucial for Australia as he was looking good while scoring 29 and had added 57 runs with Ajinkya Rahane for the fifth wicket. But Ajinkya Rahane had the last laugh by scoring an unbeaten ton as India at 277/5 have taken a lead of 82 runs in 1st innings at stumps.
Mitchell Starc’s teammate, off-spinner Nathan Lyon is now just eight wickets short of taking 400 wickets. Shane Warne (708 wickets), Glenn McGrath (563), Nathan Lyon (392 and playing), Dennis Lillee (355), Mitchell Johnson (313), Brett Lee (310), Craig McDermott (291) and Jason Gillespie (259) are the Australians who are currently ahead of Mitchell Starc in terms of wickets.
Mitchell Starc is now the 9th all-time leading wicket-taker for Australia – a huge feat in itself for the pace sensation. He has 6 wickets so far in the ongoing Test series having picked up 4/53 in India’s 1st innings in 1st Test. He went wicketless in 2nd innings as Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins wreaked havoc and picked all nine wickets to dismiss India to their lowest ever Test score of 36 in 2nd innings of 1st Test.