Mitchell Starc ruled out of IPL 2018 season

Mitchell Starc suffered another injury setback
Mitchell Starc suffered another injury setback
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As a big blow to Kolkata Knight Riders' chances in the upcoming Indian Premier League, Australia speedster Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the tournament with a 'tibial bone stress' on his right leg.

The injury was evident during the controversy-marred Australia's third Test against South Africa in Cape Town where Starc was struggling with his landing and eventually missed out the ongoing game in Johannesburg with debutant Chadd Sayers taking his place.

The news on Starc came weeks after his former Australian team-mate Mitchell Johnson, who was also picked by the Knight Riders also suffered a gruesome head injury during a gym session.

There are also further setbacks for the Knight Riders as their ace spinner Sunil Narine was reported for a suspect bowling action during the recently concluded Pakistan Super League, though it is unlikely to affect his participation in the Indian Premier League.

Meanwhile, the Knight Riders also wait on the news of fitness on Andre Russell and Chris Lynn, who sustained a hamstring injury and a dislocated shoulder respectively.

Kolkata Knight Riders will open their campaign with a clash against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Eden Gardens on 8th April.

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