Starc targets to reach 100mph mark
Australia speedster Mitchell Starc hopes to click 160 km per hour mark in bowling in the coming home summer which will be started with the Test series against India.
Starc could not get on the field due to the coronavirus epidemic. The left-arm fast bowler has been out of the field for a long time. But he did not spend lazy time. He sweated in the gym and sharpened his body.
He has rubbed his own bowling action by increasing the strength of the muscles. All of this is from the plan to play at a speed of 100 miles per hour. Australia will start their summer cricket season against Virat Kohli’s team. Starc is planning to make 100 per mile of the ball from this series against India.
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar bowled 100.2 mph against England in the 2003 World Cup. This is the fastest delivery in international cricket. Shoaib is the first bowler to reach 100 miles per hour twice. Two years later, former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee bowled 100.1 mph against New Zealand. Shaun Tait, another former Australian fast bowler, also bowled 100.1 mph against England at Lord’s in 2010.
It’s not that Starc is too backward. In 2015, he bowled at a speed of 160.4 km (99.7 miles) per hour against New Zealand in Perth. The 30-year-old pacer believes that taking a break during coronavirus will help increase the speed of ball. In addition, there is an attempt to overcome the stress of the injury. He broke his leg after that match against the Kiwis.
“It would be nice but at the same time the two occasions I’ve been up around that (160kph) mark I’ve snapped my foot,” he said.
“Hopefully that’s not the case but when everything’s going well, that rhythm is happening and conditions suit, then I can get that speed gun up. Perhaps that extra time in the gym and extra time off I might be able to push the limits again.”
The left-arm pacer has also worked with his own bowling action to increase speed. He believes it will work, “That’s not to say that’s not important, but I think I’ve found a happy medium with this little tweak to still have that better consistency but still have my pace.
“I still want to bowl fast and I’m not going to compromise that but I had to find a way that I wasn’t expensive at the same time and I think that little tweak in the action has helped that. I’m still able to swing the ball and bowl decent pace and it’s helped my cluster on my pitch map, which is what the group is all about as well.”
India is scheduled to tour Australia in early December. Kohli’s side will face the hosts in a four-match Test series there.