Mitchell Starc eyes Saqlain’s record


The young left-arm Australian pacer, Mitchell Starc is aiming to claim one of the oldest records of One Day International cricket.

Starc is looking to become the fastest to reach 100 wickets in ODI cricket, currently, the record is held by Pakistan’s legendary off-spinner, Saqlain Mushtaq.

The inventor of ‘Doosra’ achieved this feat in 53 ODIs in 1997, whereas, the 26-year old Aussie has 90 wickets to his name in the 46 matches he has played so far. It means he needs 10 wickets in the next six matches to create history.

Starc is likely to make a comeback in the tri-nation ODI series against the host West Indies and South Africa from the ankle injury that he sustained in November last year.

Before getting injured, Starc got the reputation of being a devastating bowler, he performed incredibly well in the World Cup 2015 and his team eventually lift the gold.

Starc has said that he is “fit, strong and ready to play some cricket”. Australia is likely to play at least six matches (excluding final) in the tri-nation tournament that is commencing from June 5th, three against each opponent, West Indies and South Africa.

However, the stand-in Australian coach, Justin Langer is planning to use his young speedster carefully, “He’s had such an impact on international cricket over the last few years, but we’ll have to manage him well as well – he hasn’t bowled for a long time,” he said.

Langer believes the young pacer has some fierce challenges ahead, “Coming from no cricket, and that’s including no practice games, straight into international cricket, he’s got some challenges ahead, but it’s not just about this tour for him, it’s about the next very busy year.”

The former Australian opener also hinted that Starc might not get all games of the series, “I think I’ll look to play him for three or four of hopefully the seven games – that’s the plan so far. But management is a dirty word in cricket, particularly with bowlers.”

Saqlain Mushtaq also holds the record being the fastest to reach 150, 200 and 250 wickets in the One Day International cricket.

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