Woes continue to pile up for KKR’s co-owner Shah Rukh Khan as the Australian left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the upcoming season of Indian Premier League due to tibial bone stress in his right leg.
While this comes a big blow for Cricket Australia after BCCI, one of the richest sporting organization in the world banned Australian cricket team top batsman David Warner and skipper Steve Smith from participating in season 11 of VIVO IPL 2018 after they were caught in the ball-tampering scandal.
The injury turns into a headache for KKR as the two-time IPL champions have lost their core bowler for the whole IPL season.
Moreover, the 28-year-old cricketer from Baulkham Hills who is prone to injuries was picked by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 9.4 crore will miss the tournament for the third time in a row. Last year, the tall lanky bowler decided to not to join Virat Kohli led side Royal Challengers Bangalore in order to focus on his international career. While in 2016, he was ruled out of the entire tournament due to a foot fracture.
In 27 matches, the pacer has scalped 34 wickets at an economy rate of 7.17.
Now the responsibility of KKR’s pace-attack lies on 36-year-old left-arm bowler Mitchell Johnson.
According to reports, KKR will now be allowed to choose a replacement from the Registered and Available Player Pool (RAPP) in accordance with the Player Regulations.
Meanwhile, Check out the reactions of SRK and KKR fans on Twitter:
kkr really is screwed this year
— Anmol (@loyallarents) March 30, 2018
Dial up David Willey, KKR. That is the only guy who can somewhat fill the void created by Starc, albeit in a different way. There are only 4 replacements for Starc – Bumrah, Bhuvi, Jofra and Rabada. All booked. Not happening.
— Alagappan V (@IndianMourinho) March 30, 2018
— Priyanka ? (@PriyankaSRKian) March 30, 2018
KKR could get both Willey and Mitchell Marsh for the amount they spent on Mitchell Starc
— Abhijeet (@TheYorkerBall) March 30, 2018
— Atul Ghanshyam Singh (@AtulGhanshyamS1) March 30, 2018
We wish everything turns out to be good for SRK and KKR ahead of IPL.