After a victorious World Cup 2015 campaign with Australia, Mitchell Starc is keen to take the field with Royal Challengers Bangalore after missing the action this season due to a knee injury.
But the left-armer is ready to take up the challenge and give RCB a timely advantage in the coming fixtures of Indian Premier League.
“I have got to bowl in training now, so we will see how it goes. But the knee feels good and if it was up to me I am available to play,” Starc was quoted speaking to reporters on the eve of the IPL match against CSK.
The 25-year-old player said that he is disappointed to have missed the initial action but will try to be among wickets if given a chance. “I am disappointed not to be here at the start of the IPL, but I am here now so I will try and catch up, and take a few wickets when I get the chance,” he added.
Starc further said it is nice to be training with RCB mates after three weeks of rest.
“I have had three weeks off from cricket, so it is nice to train with the team and be back in Bangalore with boys,” he said.
Asked about his transition from ODIs in Australia to T20s in India, Starc said he would adopt the same approach what he adopted in last IPL.
“It is still T20 cricket, so my plans aren’t going to change. The way I bowl is regardless of where we are. I played in the IPL last year and will probably take that same approach into it this year,” he said.
Starc further said he would hopefully improve on things, which he learnt from last year.
“There were some things I learnt from last year that I will hopefully improve on this year,” he said.
Starc said he is a more complete bowler this year than he was in the previous season in the 50-over format. Even though the youngster hasn’t played much in the shorter version this year, he still exuded confidence about his T20 plans.
“In 50-over format, yes. I have not played too much T20 since last IPL – just a couple of Big Bash games. But I am quite confident of my plans with the white ball, whether it be T20 cricket or 50-over cricket … I am looking forward to doing a good job for RCB and hopefully contribute in winning some games,” he said.
Asked about the pressure on him with expectations running high, especially after RCB’s dismal show so far, Starc said he enjoys such challenges.
“It is exciting, I enjoy the challenge. That is why I enjoy bowling at the death as well. It is that challenge of you never know if you are going to pull off a win or you may lose. I am excited for the challenge,” he said.