Jofra Archer is arguably one of the best T20 bowlers of this era. He has been absolutely sensational in the Indian T20 league. As a matter of fact, he was the MVP of the 2020 edition. However, Rajasthan decided not to retain him ahead of the mega auction for the 15th edition of the Indian T20 league.
Archer’s participation was doubtful for the 2022 edition. However, several teams still engaged in a massive bidding war for him. In the end, it was Mumbai who acquired his services for INR 8 crore. Now there is big news coming on the availability of the star pacer in the Indian T20 League 2022. Archer has confirmed that he will be available from the 2023 season. However, this doesn’t come as a surprise as he had already made it clear. However, several videos of him bowling in nets went viral recently after which speculations were rife that he will play in the upcoming season. However, all have been put to rest now.
Archer further stated that he wants people to see him as a player, and not as a price. The speedster also said that he managed to fetch the big bucks only for his skills as a player. It is to be noted that he has been suffering from an elbow injury for quite a while now.
“I want people to know that if you don’t play you don’t get paid. I want people to see me as a player and not as a price like that behind me. You only got that money because other teams wanted you,” said Jofra Archer, as quoted by Cricbuzz.
The 26-year-old then gave a detailed explanation of what transpired after he was sold to Mumbai during the mega auction. Archer also expressed his excitement over sharing the dressing room with the likes of Kieron Pollard and Mumbai’s coach Mahela Jayawardene.
“I had to go on ITL website to see the video of it. I was training. Then my phone started to go up, back to back messages. I think Hyderabad and Mumbai team went for me. When I saw my phone, I knew exactly what happened. I really got excited. It’s a great franchise. Mahela (Jayawardene, the MI coach) was my first franchise coach as well. Polly (Kieron Pollard) as well, played a few games against him. This is the first time ever I will be playing in the same team with him. Really excited to get started,” he said.