IPL 2021: After recovering from an elbow injury, Rajasthan Royals’ star pacer Jofra Archer is back in his old avatar having undergone a makeover. While he is yet to begin practice and not yet match-fit but with the new look, he has found his old self and is raring to go again. His first assignment could be the ICC T20 World Cup and if he is not fit by then, the Ashes 2021 is where he is going to make a comeback. But he remains doubtful for IPL 2021 Phase 2. In a post shared by Rajasthan Royals, the pacer revealed his new look.
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IPL 2021: And while the Rajasthan Royals star has been recuperating following his surgery, the England pacer like most in the lockdown had let his hair grow, much to the surprise of the fans. Archer set the record straight in the latest reel uploaded by his IPL 2021 franchise on Instagram, reversing back to his trademark braided hair. Set to the tune of the blockbuster song Brown Munde, the reel was an instant hit among fans garnering more than 236k views in the three hours since the clip went live.
Jofra Archer has developed into one of the most lethal fast bowlers in the world having burst onto the scene with Sussex in 2016. The pacer was one of the stars of England victorious 2019 World Cup campaign and has been a key fixture in the IPL for the past few years. The Rajasthan Royals star missed Phase 1 of IPL 2021 with injury.
While Archer remains connected to the franchise and its fanbase, his participation in Phase 2 of the IPL 2021 remains in doubt. Archer suffered an elbow injury during England’s tour of India and has only featured in two first-class games since before the issue popped up again. The England pacer underwent surgery, but the official time scale on his return remains unknown while some believe he could be in contention for the 1st Test match against India.
IPL 2021: Jofra Archer has missed England’s Test Series against New Zealand and their limited-overs series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. The 26-year-old in May wrote in his Daily Mail column that he was willing to sit out of the upcoming India series to get his recovery right, with the focus being on the T20 World Cup and the Ashes. Archer said, “The way I am looking at things is that I would rather miss a few weeks of a year so that I have a few more years in my career.”
Archer should be fit when the IPL 2021 resumes, but it remains to be seen whether the pacer will be allowed to feature in the tournament when England are set to play Bangladesh in the same time frame. Captain Eoin Morgan is likely to miss the tournament and that could be the case with Archer, meaning he would go without playing a single match in IPL 2021, having won the IPL 2020 MVP despite Rajasthan Royals finishing at the bottom of the table.