“Didn’t Get Any Wickets”: Brian Lara’s Blunt Verdict On Mitchell Starc’s IPL Troubles

Mar25,2024



West Indies cricket team's great batsman Brian Lara believes that fast bowler Mitchell Starc performed poorly in his first game for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in IPL 2024, but told that he has enough strength to make a comeback. have experience. Starc had a very bad time as Heinrich Klaasen clean bowled him and Australia's veteran fast bowler conceded 53 runs in his four overs. It was a disappointing performance from the cricketer who was the most expensive buy in IPL history when KKR bought him for Rs 24.75 crore in this year's auction. Lara said that Starc's strength is his bowling in the early overs with the new ball and it is too early to judge his potential for the fans and the franchise.

“I think Mitchell Starc's strength, which we all know around the world, is his ability to use the new ball to take wickets. He didn't get any wickets with the new ball. And when you play him on the back end, That's not his forte, his forte is up front. But it's only the first game, so it's okay,” Lara told Star Sports.

After his team's four-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Shreyas Iyer said he had to defend 13 runs in the final over with the fast bowler. Supported Harshit Rana, even though the bowler was nervous and had a 'butterflies' situation from the 17th over onwards.

Despite an all-round performance from Andre Russell, KKR were almost crushed by Heinrich Klaasen's one-man-show before Harshit defended 13 runs in the final over to help the hosts seal victory at the Eden Gardens on Saturday. of.

After the match, Iyer said in the post-match presentation, “I had butterflies in my stomach right from the 17th over. It felt like anything could happen in the last over. They needed 13 runs and we didn't have the most experienced bowler. But I had confidence in him (Harshit), and I told him to support himself and no matter what happens. He was a little nervous coming in, and I just looked him in the eyes and told him ' This is your moment', friend.' Told them to support themselves no matter what happens in the game.

Later, talking about the performances of Russell and Sunil Narine, Narine said about not hitting any boundaries in his spell, “He has such experience. It is great to see Andre perform with bat and ball, And even Sunny (Narine) was brilliant.” ball. “He’s great to be around.”

Iyer concluded, “When you start with a win it always gives you motivation. This game teaches us a lot, we will learn a lot from this ground. I think fielding is one area we need to improve.” Need to.”

(With ANI inputs)

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