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IPL 2022: Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene keeps fingers crossed on Jofra Archer availability in IPL 2023

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IPL 2022: MI vs DC Live – Mumbai Indians will take on Delhi Capitals on Saturday to pull the curtains down on an utterly disappointing IPL 2022 campaign. But the planning has already begun for next season and a lot depends on the availability of Jofra Archer. MI head coach Mahela Jayawardene is keeping his fingers crossed on his availability next season. Follow IPL 2022 LIVE Updates with InsideSport.IN

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IPL 2022: Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene keeps fingers crossed on Jofra Archer availability in IPL 2023

IPL 2022: Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene keeps finger crossed on Jofra Archer availability in IPL 2023

IPL 2022: Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene keeps fingers crossed on Jofra Archer availability in IPL 2023

Mumbai Indians had invested heavily in English pacer Jofra Archer, knowing that he was set to miss this season due to injury. Now the speedster has been ruled out of the entire English summer due to a stress fracture.

But Jayawardene said the MI team would monitor his progress and was optimistic that Archer would be available next season, which was 10 months away.

“I think to be honest, it is too far ahead. Our team of experts will keep monitoring his (Archer’s) progress. He didn’t have these injuries in the past, so it is something new,” Mahela Jayawardene said at a virtual press conference on Friday.

IPL 2022: Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene keeps fingers crossed on Jofra Archer availability in IPL 2023

IPL 2022: Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene keeps finger crossed on Jofra Archer availability in IPL 2023

Mumbai Indians missed a quality pacer like Archer dearly to team up with Jasprit Bumrah. MI’s pace attack changed regularly but did not give them the desired result. Riley Meredith and Daniel Sams turned out to be expensive in the first few games.

“Hopefully it is nothing too bad. So we will see how he progresses, but 10 months till next IPL, so there is a lot of time to assess his situation and we are hoping that he makes a strong recovery and he will be available for us next season,” Jayawardene said.

IPL 2022: Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene keeps fingers crossed on Jofra Archer availability in IPL 2023

MI vs DC Live: Before bringing the curtains to IPL 2022 season, Jayawardene was brutally honest in his assessment of the season. He said the team failed to take control of moments and did not play good cricket.

Mumbai are likely to end up last on the points table even if they manage to win their last game against Delhi Capitals on Saturday.

“Like I have said earlier, the intensity, we haven’t taken control of crucial moments in certain matches, we had that done (then) we had the confidence to get those four-five wins in a row, where we would be fighting for the play-offs, but it has been that kind of a season and (I am) definitely disappointed,” he said. 

Jayawardene said the main concern was not handling pressure situations in the early stages of the tournament.

“The intensity that we played the first four-five games, we didn’t execute certain skills, made mistakes, that is something we need to rectify. So the intensity and execution, handling little pressure situations in those early stages of the tournament that probably was a main concern for us this year,” he elaborated, he added.

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