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IPL 2024, DC vs KKR Strategic Corner - How Important Will Mitchell Starc Be For KKR?

Mitchell Starc could be an important player for KKR in the match vs DC [iplt20.com]Mitchell Starc could be an important player for KKR in the match vs DC [iplt20.com]

`The KKR wagon is marching on steadily and with excellent mobility in the IPL 2024. They have won their first two games in the tournament and are currently at the top. 

While we have seen some memorable and impactful performances from different KKR players, the team's highest-paid player has been one of its biggest concerns. Mitchell Starc, bought for INR 24.75 Cr ahead of the IPL 2024, has bowled eight overs in the tournament and has conceded 100 runs without picking up wickets. Since KKR has managed to win both of their games, there has not been much discussion about how the lack of impact from Starc with the ball is creating trouble for the KKR management. 

However, things might change for Starc at the ACA-VDCA International Cricket Stadium. We have seen a game here in IPL 2024, and it looked like the Pacers were getting assistance from the wicket. Starc, with his experience, pace and the ability to pick up impactful batters, could be a significant threat for DC in this game.

Why Mitchell Starc will be a threat for DC?

  • The Pacers took nine of the 11 wickets that the bowlers took in the previous game. The stats of the two types of bowlers are similar.
    Average - 32.33, Strike Rate - 22, Economy - 8.81
    Average - 31.5, Strike Rate - 21, Economy - 9.00

    However, the Pacers bowled more overs, and it was evident that the new ball helped them. Mitchell Starc, who likes to bowl full with the new ball and looks for swing, might prove dangerous here. 
  • In the DC vs CSK match, Mukesh Kumar was impressive with the ball in the death over. He was efficient as he tried to bowl the yorker length consistently. Starc is known for fast-pace toe-crushing yorker and thus could be a prime weapon for the Knights in this game.
  • Starc has played at the ACA-VDCA stadium before. The format was different, as it was an ODI game against India. But he picked up five wickets off 48 deliveries, which speaks in his favour. 

The above factors suggest that Starc could be a decisive factor for KKR in the match and emerge as the game-changer.