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Vishal Mehra ∙ Updated: Apr 25 2023, 7:06 PM | 2 Min Read

Jason Behrendorff Drops 'Massive Hint' On Jofra Archer's Return in IPL 2023

image-lgrkrilrJofra Archer played MI's first game against RCB [Source: AP]

In an encouraging news for Mumbai Indians (MI) fans, pacer Jason Behrendroff has provided an update on Jofra Archer ahead of the club's Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 tie against Punjab Kings (PBKS) this evening. Behrendroff, who is the leading wicket-taker for MI this season, said that Archer is training stronger and his return is not too far away.

The England speedster played Mumbai's opening encounter against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) before missing as many as four matches due to a niggle as said by coach Mark Boucher.

Archer has faced injury issues in the past few years and made his return to cricket in the SA20 League for MI Cape Town. The pacer missed IPL 2022 season as well due to an injury after being purchased by the MI franchise for INR 8 crore.

As quoted by India Today, the Australian pacer said Riley Meredith had adjusted well to Archer's role.

Here's what Behrendorff said

"The medical team has been working tirelessly with Jof. He has been training stronger, which is really positive sign for us. We are waiting for the medical team to tick off on him. Hopefully, he is not too far away,

"We would obviously love to have Joff back. It's one of those things, it's a tough role to fill. With Riley coming in, he bowls with good pace, so that sort of makes that change a little bit smoother. We are all playing to our strengths and we complement each other nicely. So we have a good attack."

​Benrendroff further spoke about how the 'Impact Player' rule has helped teams in the IPL, maintaining that it would take a lot of time to be implemented at the international level. 

Mumbai Indians, who are placed sixth in the IPL 2023 points table with three wins, will take on Punjab Kings in their sixth group-stage encounter tonight.