Ex-Australia cricketer slams Mumbai Indians for shelling out Rs 8 crore on Jofra Archer
- Mumbai Indians bought Archer on the second day of the auction
- Archer will not play the IPL 2022 due to injury
- The Mumbai franchise also spend heavily on Tim David
Australia’s 2003 World Cup-winning cricketer Brad Hogg on Tuesday criticised Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians (MI) for investing a huge amount in England fast bowler Jofra Archer and Australian cricketer Tim David. Hogg said the massive investment was a “huge risks”.
Mumbai Indians bought Ishan Kishan for Rs 15.25 crore which is the most expensive buy of the IPL 2022 auction. MI bought only four players on the opening day of the auction. On the second and final day, MI bought Archer for Rs 8 crore before breaking the purse for Tim David, Tymal Mills and Daniel Sams.
Discussing Mumbai’s auction, Hogg said the franchise took huge risks investing in Archer, who won't be available for the 2022 season and has had two elbow surgeries in the last 18 months.
"Spending INR 8 Cr on Archer is a huge risk, especially after spending 15 crore on Ishan Kishan. He's had two elbow surgeries in the last 18 months, that's the worst injury a fast bowler could have. They have a formidable top order in Rohit, Kishan and Surya and then David at No.4, which is also a risk. Who's going to bat at No.5 is the big question," he said.
Hogg is also not pleased with the Mumbai bowling attack and felt that the team still requires a finisher.
"The bowling department is where their headache starts. They don't have depth in their bowling and not many top class spinners. They also don't have finishers like the Pandya brothers. This is one of the worst auctions MI has ever had," he added.
Mumbai Indians bought 21 players over the two days of the mega event, hence forming a 25-member squad.
The franchise has retained captain Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, all-rounder Kieron Pollard and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah before the auction.