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He’s fast, furious and definitely packs a punch! Mitchell Starc almost always leaves his mark on a cricket pitch.

Back in 2013, Starc suffered a back injury during Australia’s Ashes tour in England. Regardless, he announced his comeback with eye-catching performances in this year’s T20 World Cup and in particular for RCB in the IPL. He was the second highest wicket-taker of the season for RCB with 14 wickets in equal number of matches.

Starc is a highly effective ODI bowler with 37 wickets to his name in 19 matches at a phenomenal average of 19.91. The Australian selectors are well aware of the New South Wales bowler's capabilities with the ball and have called him up to the national side for the ODI series against Zimbabwe and a tri-series involving South Africa later on.

With the other pacers such as Ryan Harris and James Pattinson out of the reckoning, Starc has a major opportunity to cement his spot in the ODI team. In Tests, the lanky bowler has 41 wickets in 12 Tests to his credit. If he continues the form he showed for RCB, then there’s no doubt he’ll find himself a permanent place in the Test squad as well.

Not only is Starc a fine exponent of reverse swing, he bowls at great pace as well. The fastest speed he recorded in the IPL was 149.92 km/her, making him the 5th fastest bowler overall in the IPL. With Zimbabwe not highly placed in the ranking charts, Mitchell Starc has a great chance to impress the selectors. We can expect him to beat the Zimbabwe batsmen with swing and pace and record match-winning performances.

Starc has the ability to become one of the top all-rounders in the world today as he’s more than handy with the bat. The Australian’s highest score in Test cricket is 99 which he recorded against India.

RCBians! Let’s hope it rains wickets for Mitch when he tours Zimbabwe later this month.

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SSIN on 16 Aug 2014, 10:59 AM
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