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‘Want to be seen as a player and not as a price’ – MI pacer Jofra Archer opens up ahead of IPL 2022

Mumbai Indians (MI) fast bowler Jofra Archer urged people to judge him based on his bowling skills and not the price he fetched in the IPL 2022 auction. The Mumbai-based franchise bagged Archer for a stunning price of INR 8 crore after a massive bidding war with the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Rajasthan Royals (RR).

Back in 2018, the 26-year-old Archer made his IPL debut for the Royals, now led by Sanju Samson, and made a name for himself in the tournament. Due to his tussle with injuries, Archer will be available to play for MI only from the next season. The Barbados-born cricketer sounded excited on being a part of the five-time IPL champions.

Jofra Archer on playing for MI in IPL 2022

“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,” Archer was quoted as saying on Cricbuzz.

The England pacer is also excited to play with West Indies limited-overs skipper Kieron Pollard and under the tutelage of MI head coach Mahela Jayawardene. Archer hasn’t played a whole lot of cricket since England’s tour of India last year.

Last year, he was said to have suffered a hand injury while operating a fish tank. Thereafter, he underwent a hand injury, but thereafter, an elbow injury became another roadblock. Last year, he also had to undergo a second elbow surgery.

Archer couldn’t take part in the 2021 edition of the IPL and was also ruled out of the 2021 T20 World Cup and the 2021-22 Ashes in Australia. Back in January, he joined England’s training session during their five-match T20I series at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown in Barbados.

As far as the IPL was concerned, he has played 35 games in which he has picked up 46 wickets at an excellent economy rate of 7.13. The right-hander has also scored 195 runs at a strike rate of 157.26.

Back in the 2020 IPL, he also won the award for the Most Valuable Player (MVP), although the Royals failed to qualify for the playoffs.

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