The absence of Australian pace bowler Mitchell Starc for the current IPL edition is a huge blow to the Kolkata Knight Riders team. He is missing out this tournament due to injury in the final test match between Australia and South Africa earlier. Starc was picked by the KKR franchise for a whopping sum of Rs.9.4 crore.Tom Curran, hailing from South Africa made his debut in T20IS in June 2017 against South Africa. This 23-year old pacer plays in all formats for his county Surrey and England team. He made his international ODI debut against West Indies and test debut in the Ashes series. He picked seven wickets from six T20Is. He played over fifty T20s in all. He is a specialist death bowler for his county and the national team. His strike rate is below 20. This is the maiden tournament Curran playing outside his county or England.
Tom Curran is an impressive bowler for his home-team and picked 53 wickets in his first-class career at an economy rate above 9 with an average of 27.16.
Starc missed out this IPL, his third consecutive edition. His final IPL match was a playoff match against Chennai Super Kings in 2015, in which he played for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Along with Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile, and Jason Behrendorff were ruled out of IPL 2018 due to injury woes.
Steve Smith and David Warner were out of the tournament due to the ban on account of ball tampering. Starc is the fifth Australian to miss out this IPL edition. The woes of Kolkata Knight Riders grew worse due to injury blows. On the other hand, Sunil Narine is ruled out of the tournament due to suspected bowling action. Most of the foreign players of the team were out of the tournament due to a variety of consequences. The franchise is expecting the return of Chris Lynn and Andre Russel before the commencement of the tournament.
IPL is about to begin from 7th April 2018 with the match against Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.