5 replacements for KKR star Mitchell Starc in IPL 2018

  • Kolkata Knight Riders and Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of IPL 2018
  • KKR are working hard to find the Mitchell Starc Replacement
  • David Willey and Tom Curran are strongly linked with a move to Kolkata Knight Riders

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) were dealt with the worst possible injury update as Mitchell Starc injury woes have indeed come true after the Aussie has been bowling tirelessly throughout the summer in the Ashes then following by the tour against South Africa. Unfortunately for KKR fans, Mitchell Starc has now been ruled out of the IPL 2018 with a stress fracture in his right leg. Experts and fans alike were keen to follow the Mitchell Starc IPL 2018 progression after the left-arm pacer has genuinely established himself as one of the best bowlers of the modern era. However, there is little time left for Kolkata Knight Riders to rue the missed opportunity due to Mitchell Starc injury news and quickly move on to the process of finding the apt Mitchell Starc replacement for the upcoming IPL 2018 season.

Mitchell Starc replacement rumours – Willey and Henriques leading the queue?

Ever since the Mitchell Starc injury news has been made public, media outlets have been working overtime trying to find an able Mitchell Starc replacement for Kolkata Knight Riders. According to the Australian media, Moises Henriques is one of the top picks to replace Starc at KKR while many are going with the young English bowling all-rounder David Willey as the best pick to replace Mitchell Starc at the IPL 2018. Putting the rumours aside, here are the 5 genuine contenders to replace Mitchell Starc for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2018.

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1). Tom Curran (England)

Tom Curran has come in leaps and bounce in the last 6 months where he has cemented his place in England’s T20 side as a genuine death overs specialist. From the 6 T20I matches so far, Curran picked 7 wickets and showed immense responsibility in the recently concluded T20I trie-series against New Zealand and Australia. Tom Curran was listed at the IPL 2018 auction with a base price of INR 1 Cr and this fast and young bowler from England could be the ideal Mitchell Starc replacement for Kolkata Knight Riders.

Tom Curran’s T20 stats from the domestic T20 competitions:

T20 Matches Balls Wickets Economy Rate Strike Rate Average Best Figures
51 1047 53 8.25 RPO 19.7 27.16 35/4

 

2). David Willey (England)

Arguably the best option available as the Mitchell Starc replacement is this hard-hitting English all-rounder David Willey who during the Natwest T20 Blast found a reputation of being an explosive opener as well. Willey plays in almost Sunil Narine’s mode at the top and is mightily effective with both new and old ball in T20 cricket. Willey’s enormous T20 experience puts him at the top of the line as Mitchell Starc replacement for IPL 2018 campaign as he has played 147 T20 matches and has a great batting strike rate of 142.65 and has picked 143 wickets at an average of 21.83. Willey will add a whole new dimension to KKR’s team in the IPL 2018.

David Willey’s T20 numbers – Bowling

T20 Matches Balls Wickets Economy Rate Strike Rate Average Best Figures
147 2394 143 7.82 RPO 16.7 21.83 9/4

 

David Willey’s T20 numbers – Batting

T20 Matches Innings Runs 50’s/100’s Strike Rate 4’s/6’s High Score
147 111 2097 2/7 142.7 165/109 118

 

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3). Kesrick Williams (West Indies)

This fiery West Indian was a revelation in the T20I format last year where he finished the year 2017 as the second highest wicket-taker behind Yuzvendra Chahal. Williams has picked 21 wickets from his 12 T20I games for West Indies and continues to build a reputation for him in the shortest format of the game. With Starc out injured, KKR will need a firepower to threaten the teams and Kesrick Williams could be the ideal Mitchell Starc replacement in that regards.

Kesrick Willaims in T20 numbers:

T20 Matches Balls Wickets Economy Rate Strike Rate Average Best Figures
50 1029 67 8.29 16.7 15.3 11/4

 

4). James Faulkner (Australia)

James Faulkner can be called an IPL veteran after he has 59 IPL wickets to his name while playing for Rajasthan Royals and Gujarat Lions. Faulkner’s ability with the bat may have gone down in recent years but he is still an effective bowler when it comes to the death overs. That is where KKR need to make a call if they want to replace Starc with a bowler who is more effective in death overs instead of blowing teams with pace and swing up front.

James Faulkner’s bowling numbers in T20 cricket

T20 Matches Balls Wickets Economy Rate Strike Rate Average Best Figures
159 3226 176 7.94 18.3 24.98 16/5

 

5). Juinor Dala (South Africa)

This could be a wildcard pick for KKR in Mitchell Starc replacement hunt after the 28-year-old star made a huge name for himself in the T20I series against India after dismissing Rohit Sharma in all the 3 matches of the series. Junior Dala picked 7 wickets in 3 matches and has picked 49 wickets in overall 52 T20 matches. One major factor for KKR going after Dala is his IPL base price of INR 20 lacs which could give KKR a viable Mitchell Starc replacement and give the franchise a massive addition to their transfer kitty.

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