Starc opens up on skipping IPL for eight years, says Test cricket still ‘top of tree’

Starc opens up on skipping IPL for eight years, says Test cricket still ‘top of tree’

Mitchell Starc had last played the IPL back in 2015, for RCB, and now will be seen in action for KKR.

After Mitchell Starc was bagged for INR 24.75 Cr by KKR at the IPL 2024 Auction, there has been a lot of talk about how he gave the tournament a miss for eight years, to focus on national duty. Well, that is indeed true, and while he tried to make a comeback in 2018, it wasn’t possible due to an injury. Speaking to The Sydney Morning Herald, the fast bowler gave away a lot of details as to what happened during the auction.

It turns out, his wife Alyssa Healy, who is in India for the one-off Test, was giving her updates, and so was Daniel Vettori of the KKR, while Starc himself did not watch it. “I didn’t plan on watching it, but the storms blew up in Sydney, so I couldn’t take the dogs for a walk like I had planned to,” Starc said.

“I tried to ignore the phone and just watch it. It’s very interesting how the auction’s play out, and timing comes into it, and when your name comes out but, yeah, it was a pleasant surprise.”

He went on to add, that it is always Test cricket, and international cricket for him, that holds more weight. “I’ve always prioritised Test cricket and international cricket, and it’s hard enough juggling one schedule, let alone when there are two schedules [wife Alyssa’s career] in the relationship,” Starc said.

“I’ve always spent that time away from cricket with Alyssa or with family and recharging my body for being as fit and ready for Australian cricket.

“I don’t regret it. I think it has helped my Test cricket. As I’ve said before, the money is certainly nice, and it is this year, but I’ve always prioritised international cricket and I think it has helped my game. Red-ball cricket is still top of the tree for me, my body will probably let me know about Test cricket [being over for me] before I want it to.

“It’s a nice lead into the T20 World Cup next year with the IPL and quality of cricket that tournament presents.”


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