IPL 2022 | Jofra Archer to miss impending season for Mumbai Indians and set to return next year

Jofra Archer, who was bought for INR 8 crore by Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2022 auction, has confirmed that he will miss the 15th edition of the IPL, starting March 26. However, Archer insisted he would return to the IPL next year as he continues to recover from an elbow injury.

Jofra Archer’s late entry into the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, held in Bangalore on February 12 and 13, surprised many. Despite Archer being all but confirmed out of action from this year’s IPL, which is due to begin on March 26, he has put his name in the bidding pool. Five-time champions Bombay Indians went one-on-one with Rajasthani Royalshis former franchise, for Archer’s services, and eventually, bought him for INR 8 crore.

However, since the auction ended, a few videos on social media have emerged showing Archer gradually getting back into cricket. But does that mean he has a chance to feature in IPL 2022?

In an interview with Mumbai Indians, Archer was asked if he will be making a comeback in IPL 2022. However, his answer was not pleasant for MI fans.

“As it is, it would always be next year. I think I’ve progressed a bit faster than we all thought. Which is always good, but it will always be next year. I don’t want to give anyone too much hope. I don’t want to disappoint anyone. So, I’m going to say next year,” Archer said in the video.

In August of last year, Archer went under the knife for an elbow injury. The injury forced him to withdraw from the second leg of IPL 2021. The recurring injury subsequently kept him out of the 2021 T20 World Cup as well as the following Ashes series.

As things stand, Archer is unlikely to return to full-time cricketing responsibilities before the end of this year, but will play alongside Jasprit Bumrah at IPL 2023.

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