A few months ago, Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc publicly expressed his intention to throw his hat into the IPL 2024 auction ring, and recent confirmation has heightened the excitement among fans eagerly anticipating his return to the T20 spectacle. The auction, scheduled for December 19 in Dubai, brings an end to an 8-year hiatus, promising fans a glimpse of the left-arm Aussie speedster in action.

In a September interview on the Willow Talk cricket podcast, Starc declared, ‘I’m definitely going back in (next) year. Amongst other things, it’s a great lead up to the T20 World Cup. So a good opportunity to see if anyone’s interested in the IPL, then lead into the T20 World Cup.’

Starc’s last appearance in the IPL dates back to the 2014 and 2015 seasons with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), where he left an indelible mark by claiming 34 wickets in 27 games. Over the past 8 years, a combination of injuries and strategic rests for national duties has kept Starc away from the IPL, potentially resulting in a loss of over $10 million in earnings.

See also  "Shocking Revelation: Shadab Khan Names Rohit Sharma as His Toughest Challenge! You Won't Believe Who He Chose Over Kohli!"

Despite his absence from the IPL, Starc has found success with the Australian team, clinching two ODI World Cups, a T20 World Cup, and contributing to the WTC victory. Now poised for the IPL 2024 auction, multiple teams are expected to engage in a spirited bidding war for his services.

Three franchises likely to vie for Mitchell Starc in the IPL 2024 auction are:

  1. Mumbai Indians: Recent reports indicate that the Mumbai Indians are contemplating parting ways with Jofra Archer. Starc, similar to Archer in delivering lethal wicket-taking prowess and prowess in lower-order hitting, could potentially form a formidable duo with Bumrah, creating an enticing prospect for Mumbai Indians enthusiasts.
  2. Chennai Super Kings: The yellow jersey could be a perfect fit for Starc, considering his triumphant journey with the Australian team. With potential changes in CSK’s squad and a concerted effort to fortify their pace attack, Starc might emerge as a valuable addition to their bowling lineup.
  3. Royal Challengers Bangalore: Fans of RCB would undoubtedly welcome Starc’s return, given the memorable impact he made in his two previous seasons with the team. Anticipating changes in RCB’s squad and recognizing the need to bolster the bowling attack, Starc could play a pivotal role in enhancing their prospects, potentially contributing to their quest for an elusive IPL trophy.
See also  "Jadeja's Explosive Comeback Sets ODI World Cup Ablaze – Shocking Records Unveiled!"