Although Jofra Archer is unlikely to participate in the IPL 2022, the Mumbai Indians are banking on him to establish a powerful tandem with Jasprit Bumrah. After being unable to gain the services of the other pacers who went for large amounts of money, the five-time champions got the services of the 2019 World Cup winner for a high price of Rs 8 crore.

“We thought about it (Archer’s injury history), but as we saw yesterday in the pacer auction, Jofra was the only marquee fast bowler remaining. According to cricket.com, Mumbai Indians co-owner Akash Ambani stated at a news conference on Sunday.

Archer has not played competitive cricket since July of last year, after being sidelined for a lengthy period owing to a recurring elbow issue. “We looked at all the pacers before Jofra but were priced out of them all. We decided to go after him the night before yesterday, but we didn’t put aside any money for him. It’s merely the mechanics of the pre-auction period, “he went on to explain.

MI also spent Rs 8.25 crore on Singapore batter Tim David, which Ambani believed was spurred by Hardik Pandya’s transfer to Gujarat Titans. “Tim is a guy we’ve been following for the last couple of years, while he was representing the Associate countries. He gained IPL experience last year while playing for RCB. We’ve always believed in his ability, and he’s one of the world’s top finishers. We knew Hardik wasn’t on our squad sheet, so we knew a foreigner had to take his place. Auction price tags do not accurately represent a player’s talent, and we don’t want the players to feel the strain, “he stated.

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