Kolkata Knight Riders have announced England fast bowler Tom Curran as the replacement for injured Australian pacer Mitchell Starc for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Starc was bought for INR 9.4 crore by KKR but suffered an injury during the Test series against South Africa that ruled him out of the entire IPL season 11.
The 23-year-old Tom Curran made his international debut in a T20I against South Africa in June 2017. Since then, the South Africa-born pacer has represented England across all formats. His ODI debut came against West Indies while his Test debut came against Australia during the Ashes.
Although Curran only has seven wickets from his six T20Is, he has played over 50 T20s and is the designated death bowler for both his county side Surrey and his country England. In 51 matches, he has 53 wickets at a strike rate of under 20.
It is evident that Starc’s shoes are big to fill in and Curran has just recently started his International career. Meanwhile, KKR will be led by Dinesh Karthik in IPL 2018 and the franchise will definitely miss the services of Starc who is well known for his accurate and fine fast bowling.