IPL 2022: Jofra Archer's eight-year-old tweet resurfaces after Mumbai Indians buy him for INR 8 crore

Archer was brought by Mumbai Indians for INR 8 Crore following a heated bidding battle with RR and SRH.

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Jofra Archer. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
Sahaj Nair

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England tearaway quick Jofra Archer was brought by the five-time-champions Mumbai Indians for INR 8 crores, four times his base price of INR 2 crore, on the second day of the IPL 2022 mega auction. As soon as the pacer’s name came, it seemed like Mumbai had a set plan to acquire the services of the 26-year-old and bid for him at his base price.

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However, Archer’s former franchise, Rajasthan Royals were in no mood to let go of their star player 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 INR 6.50 Crores and Archer almost with Mumbai, Sunrisers Hyderabad entered into the fray. After a long bidding battle, Archer was brought by Mumbai for INR 8 crore.

Mumbai Indians buy Jofra Archer in the mega auction

Archer has always been funnily referenced to as a prophet following his tweets from years ago, dug up by fans, which seemed to predict certain events correctly in cricket. Following his purchase by Mumbai, 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”.

Since the last year, Archer has not played at the highest level for almost a year now 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 but will play from the next season onwards.

The mega auction for IPL 2020 got underway in Bengaluru on Saturday. Around 600 players went under the hammer, keeping the whole cricketing world on the edge of their seats. The second day of the auction has seen some high-octane bidding for various players.

Mumbai Indians, who seemed to be silent for the most part of the auction surprised everyone when they broke their bank for Indian wicketkeeper-batter Ishan Kishan and brought him back for a whopping price of INR 15.25 Crores.