The fiery English fast bowler, Jofra Archer was brought by the five-time champions Mumbai Indians (MI) for INR ₹8 crores, four times his base price of ₹2 crores, on the second day of the IPL 2022 mega auction. As soon as the pacer’s name came in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 mega-auction, it seemed like MI had already decided to buy the services of Archer had a set plan to acquire the services of the 26-year-old and bid for him at his base price.
However, Archer’s former franchise, Rajasthan Royals (RR) were not in the mood of letting go of the fast bowler and wanted to get him back. They bid for him intensely but unfortunately had to withdraw due to their purse restrictions. When Rajasthan left the bid at₹ 6.50 Crores and Archer almost with Mumbai, Sunrisers Hyderabad entered the bidding war. After a long bidding battle, Archer was brought by Mumbai for INR 8 crore.
Jofra Archer has always been funnily been considered a prophet following his tweets from years ago, dug up by fans, which seemed to predict certain events correctly in cricket. Following MI buy Jofra Archer, a few tweets by Archer in 2014 resurfaced wherein he tweeted “Mumbai or RR” in 2013, probably predicting the bidding battle. Another tweet surfaced which said “Mumbai deserve it” and to this his new franchise Mumbai replied in a cheeky manner, saying “Yes we know”.
Yes, we know! 🙃 https://t.co/cTRVbpdbly
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) February 13, 2022
Mumbai or RR?
— Jofra Archer (@JofraArcher) October 6, 2013
Since the last year, Jofra Archer has not been taking part in competitive cricket and his absence will stretch a bit more after it was decided the recurring stress fracture in his right elbow needed another operation. Archer will not be available for this season of the IPL 2022 but will play from the next season onwards.
Fans are quite excited to see the duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Jofra Archer together. However, before that, an old tweet of Jofra Archer has resurfaced on Social Media, where he criticized Jasprit Bumrah in the latter’s 2nd season in the IPL.
Hate to seem bumrah bowl
— Jofra Archer (@JofraArcher) May 19, 2014
The mega auction for IPL 2022 got underway in Bengaluru on Saturday. Around 600 players went under the hammer, and the second day of the auction has seen some high-octane bidding for various players.