Mitchell Starc failed to bowl a single delivery last season after he was ruled out following an injury during the series against South Africa last year. @ Getty Images

Australia pacer Mitchell Starc is set to take legal recourse to get back the $1.53 million he lost after missing last year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) season due to injury.

According to a report in Fairfaz Media on Tuesday, Starc is taking legal action in the Victorian County Court against the insurers of his lucrative deal to play for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the cash-rich league.

The 29-year-old failed to bowl a single delivery last season after he was ruled out following an injury during the series against South Africa last year, most remembered for the ball-tampering scandal that led to the bans of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft. (ALSO READ: Taylor, Chappell, Healy question Cricket Australia’s ball-tampering review)

Starc suffered a calf complaint in the second Test at Port Elizabeth before he succumbed to a fracture of his right tibial bone in the third Test in Cape Town.

To insure his IPL season, he hired the services Lloyd’s of London, a long-running insurance market, and bought a policy for $1.53m policy, which was effective if he missed the IPL season through injury.

According to the writ petition, Starc paid a premium of $97,920 to be covered between February 27 and March 31 in 2018, when the tournament ended. Before all the documents were signed, he went through intense medical examinations conducted by the insurers. (ALSO READ: Josh Hazlewood admits to nerves ahead of World Cup squad selection)

“The parties have exchanged correspondence about the plaintiff’s claim which culminated in a final response from the defendant’s representative in the form of an email sent on 22 November 2018,” the writ said.

“That email confirmed the defendant’s contention that the plaintiff is not entitled to the total disablement benefit.”