Johannesburg: Australia's injury-prone fast bowler Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of IPL 2018 due to a stress fracture in his right leg, dealing a blow to his franchise Kolkata Knight Riders' prospects.
The pacer was also ruled out of the fourth and final Test against South Africa, which started in Johannesburg on Friday.
The left-arm pacer was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 9.4 crore at the IPL auction in January, but will not take place in the lucrative tournament this season now.
Starc was replaced for the final Test against South Africa by South Australia’s Chadd Sayers and will fly home after the series for further injury investigation and assessment.
Starc was man of the match in the first Test in Durban but only took three wickets for 304 runs in the next two Tests.