Mumbai Indians (MI) head coach Mahela Jayawardene said that fast bowler Jofra Archer’s participation in the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) is “too far ahead” for the time being. The Barbados-born speedster was a revelation back in 2018 after he was picked to play for the Rajasthan Royals (RR) following his stupendous performances for Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL and Sussex in the T20 Blast.
In 2019, Archer also played the World Cup at home and bowled the Super Over in the final against New Zealand at the Lord’s Cricket Ground. But after March 2021, when he played the away series against India, Archer’s career has been marred by loads of injuries. Of late, it was learned that the youngster suffered a stress fracture of the lower back and was ruled out of the rest of the 2022 season.
Jayawardene stated that the support staff of MI and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is keeping a close eye on Archer’s progress.
“Jofra’s availability for the next season is too far ahead at the moment. Our experts will keep an eye on his fitness along with those in the ECB. It is a new injury and not an old one, so hopefully, recovery should be quicker for him. We’ll see how he progresses from this injury,” Jayawardene was quoted as saying.
Back in February, the five-time IPL champions bought Archer for INR 8 crore after a bidding war with the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Rajasthan Royals (RR). Archer also won the award for the Most Valuable Player in the 2020 edition of the IPL in the United Arab Emirates.
As far as MI are concerned, Rohit Sharma and Co are languishing at the bottom of the points table and have already been knocked out of the T20 championship.