Mumbai Indians played a waiting game through the major part of the IPL 2022 mega auction, but the management shelled over INR 23 crore for two players. Ishan Kishan was bought for 15.25 crore, while Jofra Archer will be paid INR 8 crore for his services.
Former India batter Sanjay Manjrekar said that Mumbai made a lot of compromises to get Ishan and Archer. The cricketer-turned-commentator said that the current team doesn’t look star-stubbed due to spending a major amount of money on both the players.
“Jofra Archer is a brilliant bowler who can bowl the Super Over. The mystery was disclosed why MI was so cautious. Jofra was a real suspect as nobody thought that Mumbai would go for him,” Manjrekar said on Star Sports’ show ‘Cricket Live — IPL Auction Special.”
“He is not available for the whole season, and as a result of shelling so much on two players, Mumbai Indians are not looking strong as before,” he added.
Team owner Akash Ambani explained the reason behind buying the injury-prone England bowler.
“Our coach Mahela Jayawardene knows Jofra Archer pretty well. I know he will not be available for this season, but he is going to form a lethal pair with Jasprit Bumrah from 2023,” he said.