Australia’s top-class fast bowler Mitchell Starc has been one of the key components of the national team set-up. He even prioritized national duty over IPL. In fact, he was just a click away from registering for the IPL 2022 mega auction.
However, he decided against taking part in the auction. He felt that there are a lot of international assignments on the way. So he reckoned that it is best for him to keep himself fit for the sole purpose of playing for the national team.
He is currently part of the ongoing T20I series against Sri Lanka. The paceman didn’t bring the best out of himself in the ongoing series. He didn’t take even a single wicket in the first and third T20I against Sri Lanka. Starc didn’t play the second T20I as he warmed the bench.
The experienced paceman returned bowling figures of 0/41 in the first T20 at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney. He continued his poor form in the third game. Starc didn’t take a wicket and conceded as many as 30 runs.
Mitchell Starc’s wide delivery takes everyone by surprise
Starc had a bad day at the office against Sri Lanka in the third T20I in Canberra. During the penultimate ball of the 18th over, Mitchell Starc took everyone by surprise by bowling a long wide delivery. It seems that he didn’t firmly hold the ball.
While bowling to Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanka, Starc, during his run-up, Starc failed to get a good grip of the ball at the point of release. As a result, his delivery turned out to be a way outside the off-stump in the form of a bizarre full-toss.
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"I don't think I've ever seen a ball go that wide!"
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 15, 2022
Matthew Wade tried to catch the ball but ended up missing it completely as the ball beat the wicketkeeper and won the race for a boundary. The video clip of Mitchell Starc’s delivery went viral in no time.
Fans and commentators were taken aback by the delivery. Sri Lanka could muster 121/6 in their quota of 20 overs. In reply, Australia chased down the target in 16.5 overs as they won the game by 6 wickets. The hosts also won the series by 3-0, with two more games to go.