Mitchell Starc: Setting The World Record For The Fastest 200 Wickets In Cricket History

Australia’s horrifying defeat against Zimbabwe didn’t stop Mitchell Starc from entering 200-ODI wicket history. 

The honour was previously held by 23-year-old Pakistani cricketer Saqlain Mushtaq, who took 200 ODI wickets in 104 matches. The Australian's greatest white ball bowler had exceeded their predecessors and created a new world record for the fastest 200 One-day International wickets.

The Accomplishment

In the recent match between Australia and Zimbabwe held on September 3 at the Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville, Zimbabwe won against the 5-time world champions for the first time in the 50-over format by 3 wickets. 

This defeat didn’t stop the Australian fast bowler Mitchell Strac from completing his 200 ODI wickets and joining the list of elites, Saqlain Mushtaq and Brett Lee, as he surpassed them by creating a new world record by setting the bar higher. 

In 2016, Mitchell was also the fastest to complete his 100 ODI wickets in under 52 matches. 

However, things did not go in his favour, as Mitch sliced the tip of his left index finger on his bowling spikes in the preceding T20 campaign, and due to this, he was unable to play a single match of the five-game series. 

Just before the series, during an interview, Mitchell Starc was reminded of how even after being so close he couldn’t make the record. He also expressed that his past experiences made him realise he was better off not knowing that.

Mitchell, in a statement, spoke, “It’s always something that’s nice to look back on when you’re done. I’d like to think that I’ve probably got a few more wickets left in me, hopefully.” “I’ve never been about personal stuff. It’d certainly be something to reflect on after cricket.”

His Cricket Career 

In the year 2010, the bowler made his international debut in the 50-over format. In the year 2015 (World Cup triumph), Mitch made the most memorable career performance, i.e. the six-wicket haul in a tight defeat at Eden Park. He is also known for his famous opening over of Brendon McCullum in the finals at MG. 

During an interview, he even stated that he feels it definitely started as the best format for him and was the most consistent format for him so far. His statement during the interview elaborated on his gratefulness for the said cricket format. He recalled that it was when he landed his first chance to play in the Australian team that further made him learn and grow in his career “with a few more responsibilities over the first period of my white ball career, bowling at the death and then obviously the World Cups in recent times.”

Mitchell expressed that it was the first ever format that he believed worked for him. However, the test cricket format made him take much longer than that to fit in and feel that he could play Test cricket.

The Australian team’s spinner weapon, Mitchell Starc, has unsurprisingly made history by exceeding the milestones set by great spinners like Saqlain Mushtaq. The cricketer was successful in completing his 200 wicket haul in his last match against Zimbabwe, even after the horrifying defeat faced by Australia.  

What is Mitchell Starc's ODI bowling Average? Is he the best Australian Bowler? 
Mitchell Starc's ODI bowling average is 22.30 less than fellow teammate McGrath's 22.02. He is considered the greatest white baller the Australian team has ever had. 
When was Mitchel Starc's ODI debut match held? And under what team? 
Mitchel Starc's ODI debut was against India in October 2010. 
Who is Mitchell Starc’s wife? 
Mitchell Starc’s wife is Alyssa Healy, the Australian Women's team wicketkeeper.