Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc faced an unceremonious sacking from his IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) ahead of the 2019 IPL season. The franchise released Mitchell Starc from his duties via a text, having bought him for INR 9.40 crores for the 2018 edition. However, he couldn’t partake in the same due to a right leg injury. Hence, for the same, the left-arm pacer has produced video evidence of his injury to claim an insurance payout.
It was in the Test tour of South Africa in March 2018 that Mitchell Starc suffered the injury. He went through the casualty in the second Test in Port Elizabeth for which Starc lodged a lawsuit against his insurers in April last year. However, the insurance company argued over the timing of that injury. The insurance payout amounts to $1.53 million.
The insurers stated in their defence that the clips provided initially did not give them enough time to assess the injury from the 10th of March in 2018. The first clip was of 1 minute and 37 seconds and the second was of 7:25 minutes. Nevertheless, the paceman’s legal team bought 13 months for themselves to review the case and produce valid footage. Mitchell Starc was required to furnish a video of his injury suffered in real-time to stand any chance of getting the insurance payout.
Mitchell Starc’s medical footage states opposite points:
The 29-year old left-arm pacer’s orthopedic surgeon Russell Miller stated that “the injury was “complex and multifactorial” but “it is likely, on the balance of probabilities, that at specific injury occurred on 10/03/2018 which was associated with extreme physical activity including bowling on a pitch with ‘uneven footmarks’.”
On behalf of insurer’s doctor Seamus Dolton said “In my opinion the plaintiff did not suffer an injury or accident on 10 March 2018. Mr Starc became aware of the onset of right posterior and posteriolateral calf pain during the course of the second Test. Onset appears to have been gradual and symptoms continued over the course of the Test.” as quoted by India Today.