Mumbai Indians confirm Jasprit Bumrah's replacement, sign ex-RCB pacer for INR 50 lakh ahead of IPL 2023
The Mumbai Indians confirmed the replacement of Jasprit Bumrah ahead of 2023 Indian Premier League season on Friday.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) confirmed Mumbai Indians have roped in Sandeep Warrier as replacement for Jasprit Bumrah in the 2023 season of the tournament. Bumrah remains unavailable for the franchise due to a back injury; the star pacer hasn't played in a competitive match since September last year. Warrier, who has played for India (1 T20I in 2021), has thus far played 68 T20s and scalped 62 wickets. He was previously a part of the Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore, having played 5 IPL games.
Warrier had made his debut for India in the shortest format in Colombo in July 2021 against Sri Lanka. He represented Kerala in domestic cricket before moving to Tamil Nadu in 2020.
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Mumbai Indians will kick off their campaign with an away game against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on April 2.
The 29-year-old Bumrah had to undergo a surgery on his back in New Zealand earlier this year which has ruled him out of the entire IPL as well as World Test Championship (WTC) against Australia in June. Bumrah had also missed the T20 World Cup last year, and faces a race against time to be fit for the ODI World Cup that takes place in October-November later this year.
Earlier this week, Bumrah was spotted at the Brabourne Stadium as Mumbai Indians continued their preparations for the 2023 season of the league. The season will also see England's star speedster Jofra Archer making his debut for the franchise. Archer was bought by MI ahead of the previous season but was forced to miss the tournament due to an elbow injury.
The MI endured their worst-ever season in IPL history in 2022, as the side finished at the bottom of the table with only four wins in 14 matches. In the auction preceding the 2023 edition, Mumbai Indians bolstered their squad with the signing of Australia's star all-rounder Cameron Green, as well as Jhye Richardson, among others.