Mumbai‘s eight-crore buy Jofra Archer was unavailable to them in the Indian T20 League 2022. The pacer was anticipated to be available to the most successful franchise in the Indian T20 League in 2023. However, the 27-year-old has sustained a new injury. He was found to have a stress fracture in his lower back. Archer might not be available to the Mumbai team next year either. If that is the case, here are the players Mumbai can target if Jofra Archer is ruled out of the next season.
The Australian pacer Mitchell Starc can be a great replacement option for the Mumbai team. He is renowned for his ability to produce excellent speed with the ball, and having played extensively in Australian conditions, he can also produce good bounce. In 27 Indian T20 League games, Starc has 34 wickets. The 32-year old, however, has stepped down from the tournament a few times in the past due to injuries. That will be the only concern for Mumbai in the next season.
Sheldon Cottrell is another player who can replace Archer in Mumbai’s squad. The West Indian is a great new-ball bowler and can pair up well with Jasprit Bumrah. Cottrell has only played six games in the Indian T20 League but has good experience in the international arena. In 41 T20i matches, the 32-year old has picked up 48 wickets. He also has been fairly economical, with a rate of 7.8 in T20i.
New Zealand’s Kyle Jamieson has impressed everyone with his skills in the few appearances for New Zealand. He also has some experience playing in the Indian T20 League. The 27-year old was a part of the Bangalore team in the 2021 season. He is a hit the deck hard player who can put the batters under a lot of pressure. The kiwi player can also produce good swing early on in the innings. His T20 stats do not justify what he is capable of doing. In eight T20 appearances, he has taken four wickets at an economy of 9.8.