Last Update on: January 29th, 2022 at 01:58 pm
Australian senior left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc, while talking about winning his maiden Allan Border medal, said “it was a huge surprise for him”.
The lanky pacer Starc took 43 wickets across all formats in the 12-month period and he edged out all-rounder Mitchell Marsh by one vote to win the topmost honour by Cricket Australia. Also, he is only the fifth bowler in 22 years to win the award.
Speaking on Channel 7, Starc said that he is “hugely honoured” to receive the award. He added that the last year was a tough one for him and he even thought about quitting the game.
“I’m not really sure what words to say at the moment. It was a huge surprise. To look at some of those names who have won it before, it’ll take a bit to sink in. Hugely honoured to receive this award,” Starc said on Channel 7.
“Obviously last year was particularly tough on and off the field. I probably didn’t play the cricket I wanted to and, at certain stages, I probably didn’t want to play cricket at all,” Starc said on Fox Sports Australia, making a shocking admission that there were times where he didn’t want to play cricket at all.
Mitchell Starc Opens Up On Criticism From Shane Warne
Legendary Australian spinner Shane Warne has criticised Mitchell Starc a lot and he even suggested Australia to play Jhye Richardson ahead of Starc in the Ashes 2021-22, where Australia won by 4-0 against Joe Root-led England.
However, Starc started off sensationally in the Ashes by dismissing England opening batsman Rory Burns on the first ball duck and he played a big role in Australia’s triumph.
While talking about dismissing Burns on duck, Starc said: “I think, what was it? It was a straight half-volley on leg stump I think someone (Warne) said.”
When asked about Shane Warne, Starc said that he is not concerned about what Warne thinks about him and the former leg-spinner is entitled to his opinion. He added that he is pretty comfortable with where he is at.
“What would you like me to speak to him about?”
“It doesn’t interest me at all. He’s entitled to his opinion. I’m just going to go about my cricket the way I’d like to, and I’ve got my family support networks and I get to play cricket with some of my best mates, so I’m pretty comfortable with where I’m at.”
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