Archer has picked up another injury and has been ruled out of England next summer.
Five-time champions, the mighty Indians of Mumbai find themselves at the bottom of the table, for the first time in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL), having picked up just three wins in 13 appearances this season. While no one expected such a shocking season for the most successful franchise in IPL history, many people blamed MI’s bidding strategy – like not retaining Hardik Pandya, or splashing big as Ishan Kishan, Tim David (who they later dropped after limited opportunities), and an unavailable Jofra Archer (who was common knowledge among all franchises).
The injury-prone English speedster was always a viable investment for the future, putting together a tantalizing pace combination with Jasprit Bumrah. With this nightmarish season almost behind them, MI hope their questionable decision to splurge Jofra Archer will pay next season. However, Archer has suffered another injury blow, having been ruled out of the 2022 English season with a stress fracture.
Although next season is a long way off, it is still plausible that Archer could be ruled out again, having not played competitive cricket since May 2021 and having struggled to recover from his regular injury problems with the latter. setbacks sidelining him for a considerable period of time again.
To avoid a repeat of this season, MI find themselves in a less than ideal situation and should already start looking for capable replacements, which could be difficult to find given Archer’s skills and the amount of investment. realized in the 27-year-old player.
Here we look at three possible replacements for Jofra Archer MI if he is left out of IPL 2023:
1. Mitchell Starc
The only thing better for MI than a potential Bumrah-Archer partnership is a potential Bumrah-Starc pairing. The Aussie talisman, widely regarded as one of the best white ball bowlers in the game right now, has pulled out (not for the first time) from the 2022 IPL Mega Auction.
Although it is not certain, he will especially be part of the debates next season. Starc is probably the most capable and similar replacement for Archer, and it’s obvious for any IPL franchise, especially MI, to consider him to fill the gaping hole left by Archer.
With the ability to swing the bowl, time in the 150s, take wickets with the new ball, and keep running to the death, Mitchell Starc is the complete package and could be subject to a bidding war. MI will therefore need a good deal of luck and a big paycheck to recruit him.