Former India batsman, Sachin Tendulkar has made certain observations about Mitchell Starc’s bowling which has elevated the left-arm pacer to another level.
From an average of 33 with the ball in 2018, Starc made a massive leap- he averaged a brilliant 20 in 2019, and just 17 in 2020; there is surely something which Starc has improved and worked on.
Sachin Tendulkar opines that the Australian speedster has tweaked his wrist position while delivering the ball. The batting maestro observes that Starc has regained the wrist position and shape in the ball – with which he bowls inswingers to right-handers – that he was missing earlier.
“Starc’s wrist position and shape on the ball is something that was missing for a while. The way he is now able to get the ball back in makes him a far more dangerous bowler. #AUSvIND “ Tendulkar tweeted.
Mitchell Starc picks his 250th Test wicket, but India on top after Day 2
On the second day of the ongoing Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, Mitchell Starc became the 9th Australian bowler to pick 250 Test wickets when he dismissed Rishabh Pant. The 30-year-old is the fifth-fastest Aussie bowler to do so- he achieved this feat in his 59th match.
Dennis Lillee (48 Tests) is the fastest Australian to take 250 wickets while Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (45 Tests) is the overall fastest bowler to achieve the feat.
Australia was bowled out for 195 in the first innings on the first day. On the back of Ajinkya Rahane’s unbeaten hundred, by the end of Day 2, India is in the dominating position. Barring Mayank Agarwal, every batsman made vital contributions as the visitors have taken a lead of 82 runs.
The hosts were disappointing in the field as they drop 4 catches in India’s first innings- Marnus Labuschagne, Tim Paine, Steve Smith, and Travis Head spilt a chance each. That Australia’s star bowler in Adelaide, Josh Hazlewood went wicketless in the entire day tells much about the stoical batting by Rahane and rest. India is heading in the direction to level the series; it a big task for Australia to halt them.
Starc’s wrist position and shape on the ball is something that was missing for a while.
The way he is now able to get the ball back in makes him a far more dangerous bowler.#AUSvIND
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 27, 2020