England fast bowler Jofra Archer is expected to return to India to play for the Rajasthan Royals in the upcoming Indian Premier League season. Though earlier reports indicated that the right-arm pacer would miss the entire IPL season, he now appears to be in line to play for the majority of the tournament's fourteenth edition.
Archer returned home just before the ODI series against India earlier this month due to an elbow injury. The 25-year-old played two Tests and all five T20Is in India but was forced to withdraw from the ODI series due to a right elbow problem that worsened during the two-month tour. He had good finger surgery earlier this week on Monday to remove a glass piece that became stuck in a finger after he broke a fish tank in the bath while attempting to clean it.
Though there is no update on his elbow injury, it appears that the Rajasthan Royals star will be able to play before the league's critical phase begins. He is likely to miss at least the first four games of the Royals' season, according to ESPNcricinfo. The IPL 2021 season starts on April 9, and the Royals will face the Punjab Kings in their first match on April 12 in Mumbai.
Archer is expected to miss at least the first four games. On April 22, the Royals will play Royal Challengers Bangalore in their fourth match. Archer will now begin a two-week recovery program following the surgery. The ECB has confirmed that a consultant will examine the bowler before returning to training and that once he resumes bowling, a further update on his elbow issue will be issued.
The Royals would suffer a considerable setback if Jofra Archer were not available. The winners of the inaugural IPL will be hoping he regains his health as soon as possible. Since joining the Royals in 2018, Archer has proven to be an invaluable member of the squad. He was named MVP of the IPL 2021 after taking 20 wickets at an average of 18.25 and conceding 6.55 runs per over. Archer also had ten sixes and a strike rate of 179.36 when scoring 113 runs.