Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out of the entire tournament due to a back injury. MI have brought Sandeep Warrier on board for Rs 50 Lakh.
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“Sandeep Warrier, right-arm fast bowler, will join the Mumbai Indians squad as a replacement player for Jasprit Bumrah. Sandeep, who debuted for India in 2021, is an experienced player in the domestic circuit having played over 200 games with 69 of them in T20 format, taking 362 wickets in his career so far across formats,” Mumbai Indians said in a statement on Friday afternoon.
The release added, “Sandeep will join the Mumbai Indians squad ahead of the team’s first game of IPL 2023 against Royal Challengers Bangalore.”
Sandeep, who debuted for India in 2021, is an experienced player in the domestic circuit having played over 200 games with 69 of them in the T20 format, taking 362 wickets in his career so far across formats. He was previously a part of the Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore, having played 5 IPL games.
He started his cricketing career with Kerala in 2012 and was the leading wicket-taker for them in the 2018-19 Vijay Hazare Trophy and in the 2019 Ranji Trophy. He made the move to Tamil Nadu in the 2021 season, and continues to be one of the mainstays in their bowling lineup.
Mumbai Indians will kick off their campaign with an away game against RCB at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on April 2.
The 29-year-old Bumrah had to undergo surgery on his back in New Zealand earlier this year which has ruled him out of the entire IPL as well as the World Test Championship (WTC) against Australia in June.
However, the right-arm pacer is aiming to come back in the 50-over World Cup which India will host later this year in October-November.
Bumrah, who was spotted at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai last Sunday watching the final of the Women’s Premier League with his MI teammates, was also seen chatting with England pace sensation Jofra Archer.
The right-arm pacer Archer is all set to start for Mumbai Indians having missed the IPL last year due to an elbow injury.