The mini auction for the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) is set to take place in the second week of February. Ahead of the auctions, all eight IPL franchises have provided the list of their released and retained players.
This time, the Australian pacer Mitchell Starc has a huge demand in the upcoming auction for IPL 2021 after making himself unavailable in the previous edition of the league. So, let’s see the three teams that can target Mitchell Starc in the IPL Auction 2021.
3 Teams That Can Bid For Mitchell Starc in IPL 2021 Auction
1. Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) despite having big names in their squad have failed to win their maiden IPL trophy. One of the main reasons behind this is their death bowling. There have been many occasions when despite putting up massive totals of 200+ on the board, Bangalore lost the game as the bowlers failed to defend the target.
If they have been successful in Starc, he can create a huge impact in the bowling department and can defend scores even below 150s.
2. Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians (MI) is the most successful team in the cash-rich league. They have won the IPL title five times. MI is a complete squad, but with Lasith Malinga announcing his retirement, they would be looking to strengthen their death bowling.
If they are successful in Starc, it would be a deadly trio as they already have the nation’s top bowlers, Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult.
Notably, the franchise have recently released James Pattinson and Nathan Coulter-Nile ahead of the IPL 2021. According to that, they might target an overseas bowler and can bid a huge amount for Mitchell Starc.
3. Rajasthan Royals
The franchise has a lot of quality players like Jofra Archer, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes but still they finished at the last spot on the points table. One of the reason behind this is their weak bowling attack.
In the previous season, Jofra Archer has given all he had but didn’t get the support from the other end. Moreover, they have released Steven Smith and made the Kerala batsman, Sanju Samson as their captain.
Mitchell Starc was in terrific form in the just-concluded India tour of Australia and can repeat his heroics on the Indian pitches as well. In addition, no one other than Starc can be better to assist Archer in handling the pace department.