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Mumbai Indians' pacer Jofra Archer (IPL/BCCI)

Mumbai Indians’ pacer Jofra Archer (IPL/BCCI)

Jhulan Goswami opened up on how the injuries have hampered Jofra Archer’s form, adding that it will take some time for him to get his rhythm back

A couple of years back in 2020, Jofra Archer was one of the most fearsome bowlers in the Indian Premier League but it is not the case in 2023. Back-to-back injuries have hampered Archer’s career and now it seems like that even the young batters are looking to take him on and smash him for big shots. Archer has played 4 matches this season and claimed just two wickets at an economy rate of 10.38. Mumbai Indians invested heavily in Archer and bought him for INR 7.2 crore during IPL 2022 mega auction despite knowing he would miss the 2022 season due to injury. However, the dividends have not paid well for the five-time champions so far.

In the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, the responsibility of leading the bowling attack falls back on Archer’s shoulder but he has not been able to make any impact. In his first match this season, Virat Kohli took him to the cleaners but many thought it was an off night for the Englishman. And then the injury ruled him out for a few matches. He made a comeback against Punjab Kings and apart from getting a wicket, he got hammered all around the park. The 28-year-old once again missed the Gujarat Titans match.

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Meanwhile, he returned for the Rajasthan Royal clash, where he looked in good rhythm and was bowling at a good pace but Yashasvi Jaiswal had a different plan as he didn’t allow him to get settled while bowling. While the away tie against PBKS piled up more misery for him as he gave away 56 runs in four overs – his most expensive T20 figures.

Legendary India pacer Jhulan Goswami talked about how the injuries have hampered Archer’s form and it will take some time for him to get his rhythm back. In a selected media interaction, Jhulan replied to News18 CricketNext’s query where she also shared her personal experience of coming back to competitive cricket after recovering from injuries.

“Jofra is coming after a long layoff from his injury and more he’ll play slowly-slowly he’ll get back to his normal rhythm. After injury, it’ll take time to get back to your normal rhythm and all. When I got injured, many times, whenever I come back to the field, I used to always think about my injury part, that if I do extra, if I get injured again then I might hamper the season,” Jio Cinema Bengali Cricket Expert Jhulan said while replied to News18 Cricketnext‘s query.

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The veteran pacer also pointed out that when any fast bowler returns from injury it’s important to analyse how much comfortable he is while bowling rather than focusing on the numbers.

“So all those small-small things always work on your mind. Sometimes because of that also it can affect your performance. But at this moment honestly speaking, Jofra is coming back to his rhythm, everytime you cannot go by anybody’s strike rate or economy or wickets it is all about how, he is making comfortable while bowling, and how much pace he is able to generate,” she added.

Jhulan further suggested that playing in Indian conditions after a long layoff from injury is also getting a bit difficult for Archer.

“The thing is he’s bowling well, but consistently he needs to bowl in the right area and after injury, any bowler, will come back to competitive cricket, it’ll take time to settle down and sometimes we are not able to hit those area where you want to hit and particularly playing in, in our country, you’ll not get that kind of bounce and you’ll not get that kind of get help playing in England or other country where he’ll get an extra bounce, extra zip from the wicket. While bowling in India, you have to consistently hit the right areas. The more he plays, he will be in good shape,” she added.

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