Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc has etched his name in the history books by becoming the fastest bowler to reach 60 wickets in the ODI World Cup. He achieved this remarkable feat during the semi-final match against South Africa at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on November 16, 2023.
Starc’s opening spell was nothing short of sensational, as he dismissed South African skipper Temba Bavuma and vice-captain Aiden Markram in his first seven overs. These two wickets took his World Cup tally to 60, surpassing the previous record held by Australian legend Glenn McGrath.
McGrath had taken 39 matches to reach 60 wickets, while Starc achieved the feat in just 27 matches. This is a testament to Starc’s exceptional consistency and ability to perform at the highest level on the biggest stage.
Starc’s achievement is even more remarkable considering that he has missed out on a significant amount of ODI cricket due to injuries in recent years. Despite these setbacks, he has returned to the game with renewed vigor and determination, proving that he is one of the most feared bowlers in the world.
With his exceptional pace, swing, and ability to bowl Yorkers at will, Starc is a constant threat to opposing batsmen. He is also a master of reverse swing, which makes him particularly effective in the latter stages of the innings.