Mitchell Aaron Starc is an Australian cricketer, born on 30 January 1990 in Baulkham Hills, New South Wales, Australia. He is a left-arm fast bowler and a left-handed batsman playing in the lower order. He was part of the victorious Australian squad that in the 2015 Cricket World Cup, and was also adjudged the Man of the Tournament.
Starc started playing cricket from 1999 for Northern District as a wicketkeeper. He formerly played as a junior cricketer for the Berala Sports Cricket Club in Sydney, Australia. He also represented his school's 1st grade cricket team while schooling at Homebush Boys High School.
Starc was a late replacement for Josh Hazlewood in the Australian national team touring India in late 2010. Finally in October 2010, he made his ODI debut against India in Visakhapatnam.
On 1st December 2011, he made his Test debut for Australia with the first Test of the two-Test series against New Zealand in Brisbane. He went on to take two wickets in the match and another two in the second Test held at Hobart. On 7th September 2012 he made his T20I debut against Pakistan.
Rise to glory
Starc was the Man of the Tournament in the 2015 Cricket World Cup for his constant play helping Australia win the Title.
In the 2014–15 season, he proved himself as Australia's leading wicket taker across all forms of first-class and international cricket with a total of 60 wickets, including the leading 22 wickets for the 2015 Cricket World Cup ( at an average rate of 10.0 and an economy rate of 3.5).
In the 2015 calendar year, he recorded the most wicket falls in the world in all forms of international cricket which included the 87 after his ankle injury.
By 2016 he had taken 100 Test wicket.
Starc signed with the Sydney Sixers for the inaugural Big Bash League in 2012 followed by the Champions League T20.
He was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for the 2014 Indian Premier League and he was the key bowler for his team in the IPL 2015 edition.
Starc again played for the Sydney Sixers in the inaugural Big Bash League during the 2011–12 Australian summer. He took 13 wickets in six matches.
Starc left Royal Challengers Bangalore in February 2017 in order to focus on international cricket which benefited Royal Challengers Bangalore an amount of 5 crore for the 2017 IPL auction. He was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders on 27 January 2018 in the 2018 auction, but he ended up missing the IPL, with concerns over his fitness.
He has won the 2017 Allan Border Medal in the best Test bowler category for his performance against Sri Lanka in 2016.
He is good with the bat as well, as he reached 1000 Test runs in the 2016–17 Border-Gavaskar Trophy against India, thus recording himself as the 14th Australian cricketer to take more than 100 wickets and score more than 1000 runs in Test cricket.