Australian Mitchell Johnson will miss this season of IPL: Mumbai Indians – Cricket News Update
In a blow to Mumbai Indians, the anticipated arrival of left-arm Australian pace bowler, Mitchell Johnson, has been ruled out as he has not recovered from a foot surgery he had recently.
The spokesperson for the Mumbai Indians in a statement said, “Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has been ruled out to play for IPL. Cricket Australia in a communication to Mumbai Indians has regretted his availability since he has not recovered from his injury."
Johnson severely damaged the toe of his left food while batting for Australia in a match that he won his team against the mighty South Africans in November.
The 30-year-old, pacer was hoping to prove his fitness by playing the Indian Premier League (IPL), after he missed out on Australia's Test series against West Indies.
However, his efforts to make a comeback, have hit rock bottom with his ouster from the lucrative IPL, which has further casted doubts on his future as the main strike bowler for his national team.
In a previous interview with Fox Sports, he said, “I'm definitely confident in my ability. I'm only 30 years of age, I've got five or six years left in me so that's my goal. Whether I get back straight away or not we'll have to find out but I'll be working as hard as I can. The IPL wouldn't be a bad way to get back into it, four over spells, short and sharp.”
Meanwhile, he was picked by Mumbai Indians for $300,000 and was expected to bolster their bowling attack.
And with the side struggling in the tournament, they desperately needed the services of the ace pacer in order to give their opponents a tough time as the lucrative franchise is heading towards its knock out stage.
Mumbai Indians unlike their previous stints are among the lower ranked teams this year, as they have just won four games out of eight matches and currently stand at 7th place in the league.
With Lasith Malinga as the only genuine pacer in the squad, they needed Johnson to rally alongside the Sri Lankan to bolster a daunting bowling attack.