Cricket fans were left spellbound after Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc claimed his 300th Test wicket with a trademark inswinger on Day 5 of the
Cricket fans were left spellbound after Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc claimed his 300th Test wicket with a trademark inswinger on Day 5 of the 3rd Test of the Border-Gavaskar series.
Starc, who was playing his 60th Test Match, dismissed the Indian opener Rohit Sharma on his very first ball of the day to become just the 7th Australian bowler to reach this milestone.
The Melbourne-born player, who made his debut in 2011, has had an illustrious career in international cricket and this recent milestone is yet another testament to that. He is admired for his express pace and for his reverse swing bowling, making him unique among modern day cricketers. His career highlights include 19 five-wicket hauls.
As he bagged his 300th wicket, he was congratulated by the Australian skipper Tim Paine who praised the bowler’s performance over the years.
Starc himself was delighted after registering his 300th wicket, considering it as “a huge honour”, while also admitting that he was proud to be part of an exclusive group of fast bowlers who reached the landmark.
Starc has formed part of an experienced and skillful bowling attack in the series, which has contained the Indian batting line-up well.
Australia runs away with an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the series, thanks to the commitment and performance of the players, particularly Starc who seized his 300th wicket with a trademark inswinger and took the nation to new heights.
Starc claims No. 300 with a trademark inswinger
Australian fast bowler, Mitchell Starc, has become the third-quickest left-arm fast bowler to reach the landmark of 300 ODI wickets. Starc achieved this feat on Wednesday, 25th November against India bowling a late-swinging delivery.
Starc’s legacy is not only for taking 300 wickets but for picking them up much quicker than his predecessors. He is the third-quickest to reach the milestone, taking just 134 matches. This feat was behind South African fast bowler, Allan Donald, and the great Wasim Akram, both of whom got to 300 ODI wickets in 121 and 122 matches respectively.
Starc made history with a trademark inswinging delivery to dismiss Virat Kohli, who mistimed his shot as it skied and lobbed straight to Glenn Maxwell at backward point for a simple catch.
Starc’s career highlights include winning the 2015 ODI World Cup with Australia, playing a key role in the tournament. During the tournament, Starc was the highest wicket-taker, taking 22 wickets in the seven matches that Australia played.
He also played a crucial role in Australia’s 2017 Champions Trophy campaign, where they made the final. During the tournament, Starc took 15 wickets in seven matches.
Praise From Other Cricketers
Starc has been praised by many of his fellow cricketers, including Virat Kohli, who had the following words to say:
- “The way he has swung the ball over the past few years has been impressive. He is consistent with his line and length and can be tough to score off.”
- “It’s a testimony to his hard work, skills and passion for the game. Congratulations Starc on reaching the milestone.”