Australian seamer Mitchell Starc is ruled out of the Indian Premier League for the entire 2018 season with a leg injury. Mitchell Starc will miss the tournament due to injury, Cricket Australia has confirmed on Friday.
The seamer was ruled out of the fourth Test against South Africa, which started in Johannesburg on Friday, after being diagnosed with a “tibial bone stress in his right leg”.
Starc’s IPL absence will a big blow Kolkata Knight Riders a week ahead of the IPL Season 11 start. The IPL Kolkata franchisee had acquired the Australian seamer for ₹9.4 crore during the IPL player auction in January this year.
“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,” Cricket Australia announced on Twitter.
BREAKING: 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.
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) March 30, 2018
The left-arm new ball bowler Starc is regarded as one of the best white-ball bowlers in the world.
Starc will be out of IPL action for the third successive year. He had to miss the IPL 2016 due to a foot fracture, while last year the Australian pace spearhead had opted out of his Royal Challengers Bangalore contract just before the auction to concentrate on international cricket.
Starc was brought to team up with veteran compatriot Mitchell Johnson to spearhead the KKR seam attack alongside India’s under-19 World Cup stars Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti.