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From jokes to cheers: Mitchell Starc laughs last with IPL title, proves value beyond price tag

From jokes to cheers: Mitchell Starc laughs last with IPL title, proves value beyond price tag

Starc's critics have been silenced, and his contribution to KKR's title victory is undeniable.

Mitchell Starc silenced his doubters with a dominant bowling performance, propelling the Kolkata Knight Riders to a resounding eight-wicket victory over the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL final. This win ended KKR’s ten-year title drought.

Mitchell Starc stellar show for KKR

The Australian seamer, who faced criticism for his hefty price tag (Rs 24.75 crore) early on in the season, showcased his experience and skill.

Mitchell Starc struck early in the powerplay, bagging two crucial wickets within the first six overs. This set the tone for a dominant KKR display, leaving SRH gasping for breath throughout the match.

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In the post-match presentation, Mitchell Starc, clearly elated, praised the collective effort. “Great night for KKR,” he declared. “Fantastic squad, everyone contributed, and the staff were brilliant at getting everyone peaking.”

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Mitchell Starc acknowledged the uncertainty surrounding the pitch. “We weren’t sure how the wicket would play,” he admitted, crediting captain Shreyas Iyer’s leadership for giving the bowlers the best chance. “Shreyas was fantastic with his bowling changes and field placements. The bowling unit showcased their skills effectively.”

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Experience trumps Criticism for Starc

Mitchell Starc also addressed the initial criticism he faced regarding his price tag not reflecting his early-season performances. “There have been jokes about the money,” he said. “But I’m experienced, and that’s helped manage expectations. Glad I’m older and experienced – it’s been a lot of fun.” He concluded by commending the entire team and staff for their contribution to the championship win.

Mitchell Starc’s performance serves as a testament to his experience and ability to bounce back. His critics have been silenced, and his contribution to KKR’s title victory is undeniable.

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