After an eight-year hiatus, Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc is thrilled to make a comeback to the Indian Premier League (IPL) with the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc is eager to return to the Indian Premier League (IPL) after an eight-year break. Starc, who secured a whopping ₹24.75 crore bid, reminisced about his time with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2014 and 2015.

Despite the long gap, he’s excited to join KKR, where he was initially supposed to be in 2018. His impressive performance in the 2023 ODI World Cup led to his lucrative contract.

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Speaking to cricket.com.au, Starc expressed his enthusiasm for the opportunity to compete in the IPL again and forge new connections with fellow players.

“It has been eight years, I think. Back to KKR where I was supposed to be in 2018. So I’ll be back there for the chance to pull on the gold and purple. I guess my memories are a few and far between of back in 2014 and 2015 with RCB but yeah, really excited to get stuck in. Obviously, a new group of players. A bunch of guys I certainly haven’t met or been able to work with before,” Starc said.

Despite his limited appearances, Starc has shown promise in the IPL, claiming 34 wickets in 27 matches with an average of 20.38.He eagerly anticipates the upcoming IPL season, viewing it as a fresh challenge. Excited to reunite with familiar international rivals and embrace the atmosphere of the renowned T20 league, Starc expressed his anticipation to the opening match where Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will face SunRisers Hyderabad at Eden Gardens on March 23.

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Last Updated on March 16, 2024

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