Starc reveals why he pulled out of IPL 2021
Australia’s fast bowler Mitchell Starc hasn’t been showing a great deal of interest to take part in the Indian Premier League. The left-arm fast bowler pulled out of the league once again. This isn’t the first time that he withdrew himself from the league.
The Australian international has been away from the cash-rich IPL for a long time now. He was last seen featuring in the IPL in the 2015 season. Since then, he missed the tournament due to a series of injuries. In other cases, to manage his workload, he pulled out of the league.
The left-arm quick was likely to go under the hammer in the 2021 mini-IPL auction. But, he decided to let go of the chance. As a result, he pulled out of the league. However, there is another reason why he decided to not play the IPL.
Starc reveals the reason behind pulling out of IPL 2021
Although Starc’s decision took the cricket fraternity by surprise, the left-arm pacer believes he has taken the right move. The 31-year-old veteran pacer who took part in 27 games managed to take as many as 34 wickets.
The paceman also made up his mind to break his silence on being away from the IPL. He highlighted that he is more attached towards playing the red-ball cricket in the Sheffield Shield than the IPL.
Starc further added saying that he is looking forward to donning the role of senior head in the Sheffield Shield Trophy when many of the senior players and his teammates will travel to India for IPL.
“I wanted to play as much Shield cricket as I could. Managing a few little things with the body and wanting to play as much red-ball cricket as I could with certain guys heading off to the IPL, it was my intention to be the constant in the Shield team and hopefully play the role there as a senior head in the team” the pacer told cricket.com.au, while explaining his decision to skip the IPL.
Starc has played 5 games for New South Wales in this year’s edition of the tournament. NSW are one of the top teams who can make it to the finals. They are second in the points table with 29 points.
The pacer is sincerely hoping that his team qualifies for the marquee event because he has never featured in the final of the league and dreams of clinching the title.
“I haven’t played in a Shield final yet, I’d love to help the boys get there and take part and hopefully be a part of the group to win the Shield. That was my first intention.
I’ve played three formats for a long time, and I find my game plan doesn’t change too much across the formats but still, Shield and Test match cricket is the pinnacle for me,” Starc added in a statement.