Mumbai Indians (MI) have received a major boost ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 season with the confirmation that their star pacer, Jofra Archer, will be fit and available to play the entire tournament. Archer’s availability for the T20 league had been in question due to his history of injuries, but the right-arm pacer has reportedly recovered from his back issue and is ready to go.
Jofra Archer’s return to the Mumbai Indians squad will provide much-needed support to their bowling attack, which has been missing the services of Jasprit Bumrah due to a back issue. Archer, who last played an IPL game in 2020, was acquired by MI for a whopping Rs 8 crore despite his recent fitness concerns.
According to reports, Archer’s workload will be closely monitored by the franchise and the ECB throughout the tournament to ensure that he is in peak condition for the entirety of the competition. This could mean that the star pacer may be rested for a few matches if necessary.
Jasprit Bumrah‘s absence due to his back issue will be a major setback for Mumbai Indians, but the return of Jofra Archer will ease their concerns to a certain extent. MI will be hoping that Archer can replicate his impressive performances from previous IPL seasons and help them secure their sixth IPL title.
The Mumbai-based franchise will begin their IPL 2023 campaign with a match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on April 2, followed by their first home game against Chennai Super Kings on April 8. With Jofra Archer in their ranks, Mumbai Indians will be looking to make a strong start to the season and build momentum for the rest of the tournament.