'Everyone called him crazy, but…': Internet bows to Gautam Gambhir for picking IPL's biggest ever purchase Mitchell Starc | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: When the Kolkata Knight Riders mentor Gautam Gambhir bought an Australian left-arm speedster Mitchell Starc for a record sum of Rs 24.75 crore during the auction in December last year, fans and even experts were absolutely stunned.
And after a nervous start to the season, where Starc was taken to the cleaners in almost every league match, trolling and memes followed Gambhir and KKR alongside Starc.
But as the tournament progressed, the 34-year-old regained his lost rhythm and put in some sensational performances in the playoffs, putting all criticism to rest.
After flooring Sunrisers Hyderabad During Qualifiers 1, Starc roared back once again with a stunning performance against the same opposition in the IPL Final on Sunday.
And while the leader had a memorable night in the final, mentor Gambhir was also praised by everyone for his faith in Starc.
What started as a joke and fun turned into appreciation and respect as Gambhir was praised for his choice during the initial loading auction.

In the final on Sunday, left-arm quick Starc returned figures of 2 for 14 while fellow quicks Andre Russell and Harshit Rana shared five wickets between them to dismiss the Sunrisers for a modest 113 in 18.3 overs at the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai.
This was the lowest total in an IPL final after Chennai Super Kings' previous lowest of 125-9 in their defeat against Mumbai Indians in 2013.
KKR, then chased down the total in 11 overs to clinch their third IPL title, beating SRH by eight wickets in Chennai.
Venkatesh Iyer was not out with 52 off 26 balls, taking his team across the finishing line.
Starc, Andre Russell (3/19) and Harshit Rana (2/24) were the most successful bowlers for the Knight Riders as SRH simply failed to turn up for the big match.
Electing to bat first, SRH got off to a disastrous start as they lost their best players Abhishek Sharma and Travis Head with just six runs on the board, the latter being dismissed for a first-ball duck off a fine swinger.
Before that, Abhishek was bowled by Mitchell Starc on the fifth ball of the first over, a perfect delivery opening the left-hander before hitting the top of stump.
SRH were in all sorts of trouble as Starc accounted for the wicket of Rahul Tripathi to leave them reeling at 21/3 in the fifth over, with the swing doing the trick for KKR's bowlers early on.
First change bowler Harshit Rana continued his good work and got rid of Nitish Reddy (13). Andre Russell dismissed Aiden Markram in his first over as SRH slipped to 62/5 in the 11th over.
SRH could not recover.
Brief scores:
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 113 all out in 18.3 overs (Pat Cummins 24; Mitchell Starc 2/14, Andre Russell 3/19, Harshit Rana 2/24).
Kolkata Knight Riders: 114 for 2 in 10.3 overs (Venkatesh Iyer 52 not out).

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