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Why did Mumbai purchase ‘unavailable’ Jofra Archer? Co-owner Akash Ambani explains

Archer will not be a part of ITL 2022 due to an elbow injury

Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer ( Image Credit: Twitter)

Mumbai were inactive during the mega auction for a really long time. However, they suddenly unleashed their ruthless mentality when they heard Jofra Archer’s name being called out on Sunday. They engaged in a massive bidding war with several other teams for him.

In the end, the five-time champions spent a whopping amount of INR 8 crore to acquire his services. However, it is to be noted that the English pacer won’t be available for the upcoming edition of the Indian T20 league, and will only be available from the 2023 edition.

Besides, due to his elbow injury, Archer hasn’t played competitive cricket since February 2021. Yet, Mumbai’s co-owner Akash Ambani backed their decision to get him. He explained the reason why they got the speedster despite his injury concerns.

We took all those into considerations: Akash Ambani

“We took all those into considerations. After yesterday, what the fast bowlers went at, one option became very dear to us that Jofra was the only marquee fast bowler left in the list. So, we had discussed his name previously also and of course he (Archer) is not available this year but when he is fit and available, I believe that with (Jasprit Bumrah) he will make a formidable partnership,” said Akash Ambani said during a virtual press conference.

Archer has been one of the best bowlers in the shortest format for quite a while now. As a matter of fact, the last time he featured in the league, he went on to win the MVP award of the season (2020). In the meanwhile, Ambani also spoke about purchasing Tim David for INR 8.25 crore.

“Tim is a player we have been tracking for last two or three years, you know, he was playing the associate nations and last year he got a good half a year experience with Bangalore, which was crucial for him to know what all goes on in the ITL and what level one does need to perform,” he said

“We always believed in his skills, he is one of the best finishers in the world and as soon as we knew Hardik (Pandya) was not in our team sheet, we knew that slot had to go to a foreigner, because there is no one in India than Hardik,” he added

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