Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Australian speedster Mitchell Starc became the costliest player of the Indian Premier League (IPL) during the auction last December at Rs 24.75 crore. However, the pacer has so far managed just two wickets in four matches in the ongoing edition of the cash-rich league, leaking 11 runs per over. However, former Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain and current team mentor Gautam Gambhir emphasized on team’s win over individual performances.

As per Gambhir, the left-arm pacer’s poor return with the ball ‘doesn’t make him a ‘bad bowler’.

‘His poor stats doesn’t matter, T20 cricket is all about bowlers getting smashed,” said Gambhir.

“In a team sport, it’s the wins that matter. We have got three wins out of four. Why should I not be happy with anyone’s performance? See, people have bad and good days, ultimately, it’s the team that needs to win. And we’ve got decent results in the first four games of the competition. And we all know that how big a threat Mitchell Starc is. Four games don’t make him a bad bowler,” said the former India southpaw.