Recently debuted Australian pacer, Riley Meredith opens up about the advice he got from senior fast bowler Mitchell Starc about pace bowling. Meredith shot in the ranks after impressive performances in the Big Bash League for the Hobart Hurricanes and is known to be one of the fastest bowlers in the world currently.
Riley Meredith was recently bought for Rs. 8 crore by the Punjab Kings after a fierce bidding war with the Delhi Capitals at the IPL 2021 auction – the right-arm speedster became the most expensive uncapped overseas player in IPL auction history before making his T20I debut in New Zealand where he dismissed Kane Williamson twice in 3 matches.
The Tasmanian says that Mitchell Starc had told him to keep his head clear and just bowl as fast as he can, which will raise his stock since there aren’t many pacers going around who can constantly clock the 150 kph mark.
“I’ve talked to Starcy about that (bowling flat out) a lot while we were in England as well. There’s not many people who can bowl around 150kph, so it’s a weapon, and you’ve got to use it. If you’re bowling mid-130s, you’re not doing your service to the team. As he says, bowl as fast as you can and try and make something happen. He’s an unbelievable cricketer, he’s done it in all three formats, and he’s got a great brain,” Riley Meredith said on the Unplayable podcast.
To represent Australia in all three formats would be my ultimate goal: Riley Meredith
The 24-year-old aims to wear the Baggy Green someday and play in all formats for his country. The youngster hopes to emulate what the likes of Starc and Pat Cummins have been doing for a long time.
“Somewhere down the line, I’d absolutely love to earn the Baggy Green and represent Australia in all three formats would be my ultimate goal.
“You see these guys who are doing it at the moment, Mitch Starc and Pat Cummins, those sort of guys, and you want to be them, really, you look up to them, and you try to copy how they bowl. That’s probably the goal of any cricketer but how I’m going to get there is probably the biggest thing,” Meredith added.