Fans on Twitter hilariously reacted after left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc was dropped from the Australian XI for the game against Afghanistan in the T20 World Cup 2022. They took a jibe at him and said that he missed IPL just to get dropped from the national side.
Mitchell Starc dropped from the game against Afghanistan
Australia and Afghanistan clashed in their last league game on Friday (4th November) in Adelaide. It was a crucial game for the hosts in the context of the qualification for the semi-final. Although they won the game their fate now lies in the hands of Sri Lanka.
However, what surprised many was Australia’s decision to drop Mitchell Starc for the game against Afghanistan. The defending champions left the pacer out of the team and played Kane Richardson in their place of him.
Their decision invited a huge debate with many fans and pundits lashing out at the team management for dropping Mitchell Starc. His absence was quite visible as Afghanistan batters put Australia on the back foot and gave them a real scare.
Richardson, who was brought in as a replacement for Starc, in particular, struggled as the batters took him to the cleaners. He conceded 48 runs in his 4 overs and took one wicket but his expensive spell was one of the main reasons behind Australia being on the back foot.
Starc notably, didn’t have the tournament as he would’ve wanted. The left-arm pacer could manage to pick up only 3 wickets in the tournament so far. Also, Starc doesn’t play in the franchise T20 league to keep him fit for the national side.
Fans on Twitter react as Mitchell Starc gets dropped for the Afghanistan game
As Mitchell Starc was dropped from the Australian XI for the game against Afghanistan, fans on Twitter reacted hilariously to it. They took a dig at the pacer, saying that he missed the IPL only to get dropped. Here are some of the reactions:
— Sid (@sid_2893) November 4, 2022
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— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) November 4, 2022
Michael Clarke on Starc: "He's got to be injured.
“There’s absolutely no way you can leave him out … If anyone’s going to rip through Afghanistan’s batting, it’s Mitchell Starc.Advertisement
“I don’t get it.”Advertisement
— Nic Savage (@nic_savage1) November 4, 2022Advertisement
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) November 4, 2022
Mitchell Starc is 10x dangerous than Hazlewood and Cummins vs Afg
— Karthik Raj (@kartcric) November 4, 2022Advertisement
Dropping Mitchell Starc for Kane Richardson has a bit of the Mark Schwarzer out for Zeljko Kalac in the Croatia game about it.Advertisement
— Daniel Cherny (@DanielCherny) November 4, 2022
— Cricket-Life (@CricLife8) November 4, 2022Advertisement
— Ashlee (@_itsashleeee_) November 4, 2022
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— Andrew McGlashan (@andymcg_cricket) November 4, 2022
Mitchell Starc dropped in a must-win game#T20WorldCup
— Anuj Nitin Prabhu 🏏 (@APTalksCricket) November 4, 2022Advertisement
Today Australia dropped Mitchell starc from playing 11.
Maybe after today, he will realize that nothing is permanent in cricket/life.Advertisement
So mint as much money as possible in your career while you are still good and he put his name up for #IPL2023 auction.
— Professor samuel oak (@prof_oak123) November 4, 2022Advertisement
Mitchell Starc somehow got dropped but still had a good day because his @GWSGIANTS membership for 2023 was renewed. Priorities.Advertisement
— Sound of the Mighty Giants (@Courtne52089077) November 4, 2022
— Himanshu Pareek (@Sports_Himanshu) November 4, 2022Advertisement
— . (@Sourabh_49) November 5, 2022
Mitchell Starc avoids playing IPL just beacuse to stay fit himself for national duty but now he is getting ignored
— Vinayakk (@Vinayakkk19) November 4, 2022Advertisement
Patrick Cummins is still playing and Mitchell Starc has been dropped with the replacement being Kane Richardson is all what one needs to know where Australia are with regards to their team selection process #T20WorldCup #TeamAustralia #AFGvAUS #AUSvAFG #CricketAdvertisement
— vineet jacob (@JacobVineet) November 4, 2022
Mitchell Starc dropped.
Kane Richardson: 4-0-48-1 #T20WorldCupAdvertisement
— Christy Doran (@ChristypDoran) November 4, 2022
Not picking Mitchell Starc in a match like this is the biggest mystery of the tournament.#T20WorldCup
— CricIndeed (@CricIndeed) November 4, 2022Advertisement
Mitchell Starc in the fluoro vest watching the Stoinis final over from the bench: "any chance!? Ever heard of a yorker?"Advertisement
— Mitch Wynd (rhymes with sinned) (@MitchWynd) November 4, 2022
How does Kane Richardson come in for Mitchell Starc? And how does Pat Cummins keep his place in the XI? If Starc was injured, Ashton Agar should have been brought in. If Starc was fit, he should have kept his place and Agar should have replaced Cummins.
— Kaushik Ram (@KaushikRam25) November 4, 2022Advertisement
— Ashlee (@_itsashleeee_) November 4, 2022
Surprising changes from Australia in a must win game.
Aron Finch is out due to injury but Tim David and Mitchell Starc, very surprising.#AUSvAFGAdvertisement
— Vaishali Bhutda (@Iam_Vaishali) November 4, 2022
I’m really going to miss how much Warney hated Mitchell Starc this summer
— Mel (@mel_laah) October 31, 2022Advertisement