Australia’s Mitchell Starc added another milestone to his name and completed 150 wickets in limited-over cricket. He also became the quickest bowler to reach the landmark, breaking Pakistan’s Saqlain Mushtaq during the game played against West Indies at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
It was due to Starc’s five-wicket haul that saw World Champions Australia eke out a narrow win over West Indies in Nottingham. Starc picked up five wickets and conceded 46 runs from his ten overs. He achieved the milestone in 77 matches in comparison to Pakistan’s Saqlain Mushtaq who achieved 150 wickets in 78 matches.
In the previous edition of World Cup played in Australia and New Zealand, Mitchell Starc was instrumental in helping Australia win the coveted trophy at home. He claimed 22 wickets in 8 matches at an average of 10.18.
Mitchell Starc is the quickest to take 150wickets in one-day internationals.
Since making his ODI debut in 2010, Starc currently has taken 150 wickets in 77 matches at an average of 21.44.
He has taken nine four-wicket hauls and six five-wicket hauls in white-ball cricket for Australia.
Chasing 289 runs to win, West Indies fought hard and fell 15 runs short of the target. Nathan Coulter-Nile produced a career-best performance with the bat to help Australia post a competitive score on the board.
In the chase, Mitchell Starc got rid of Chris Gayle, who was in ominous form with the bat. He dismissed Jason Holder, Andre Russell and Carlos Brathwaite to help Australia pull off a close win. He is certainly one bowler who will be lethal with the old ball in white-ball cricket.
Due to Starc’s splendid bowling performance, Australia have notched their second win of the competition. The side will now take on India at Kennington Oval in London. Australia will be hoping that Starc can continue his good form with the ball in the next couple of games.