Former Indian batter Aakash Chopra feels that veteran Australia left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc has started getting his rhythm back in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022. Chopra compared Starc’s two yorkers against Ireland on Monday, October 31, to Brendon McCullum’s dismissal off a similar delivery in the 2015 ODI World Cup final.
Starc dismissed Curtis Campher and George Dockrell with full, swinging deliveries in the same over as Ireland crumbled in their chase of 180 at The Gabba. The left-arm seamer ended with figures of 2/43 from his four overs as well. Apart from Starc, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa and Glenn Maxwell also claimed two wickets each as Ireland could only manage 137 in 18.1 overs.
Analyzing Australia’s bowling performance against Ireland, Chopra said on his YouTube channel: “Starc’s yorkers reminded me of 2015 World Cup final, when he knocked over Brendon McCullum. This version of Mitchell Starc is dangerous. He is just cranking it up a little. Pat Cummins is always expensive, but at least he was among the wickets here. Josh Halzewood’s wicket-taking form has gone down. He did not get wickets in Perth (he took one wicket) and was wicketless here as well. You were expecting him to take 2-3 wickets easily.”
He stated: “Maxwell with the new ball is an interesting move. (Aaron) Finch wasn’t on the field. (David) Warner was the stand-in captain. On that pitch, Maxwell was not really an option, but he claimed two wickets. It was not a dominating performance from Australia.”
“Mitchell Marsh struck a couple of big hits and then got out. Glenn Maxwell made 13 off 9. There were two DRS calls in that as well. If your No.3 and No.4 are unreliable, then there is a lot of pressure on Marcus Stoinis. He played a crucial innings, which took them to a match-winning total,” Aakash Chopra concluded.