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Mumbai Indians fast bowler Alzarri Joseph likely to miss remainder of IPL

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Alzarri Joseph is likely to join Mumbai Indians’ injury bench after hurting his bowling arm during Saturday’s clash against Rajasthan Royals. ESPNcricinfo understands that Joseph has a tear in his right arm, which he dislocated while diving on the field, and will miss the remainder of the tournament.

Joseph himself was a replacement for New Zealand’s Adam Milne, who didn’t arrive after suffering from a swollen heel. Milne had been bought at the December auction for for INR 75 lakhs (US $ 104,000 approx). As per the rules, the replacement also gets the same amount.

This has been a difficult year for Joseph already. In February, he lost his mother in the middle of his maiden home Test in Antigua, where he’d dismissed Joe Denly off the first delivery. He opted to play the Test, displaying a lot of character in West Indies’ series win against England.

Joseph’s IPL sojourn lasted a week. He announced himself spectacularly by picking the IPL’s best bowling figures of 6 for 12 to delivery an away win against against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Three days later, Joseph hit the winning runs against Kings XI Punjab in his first home game. However, he had just bowled two overs in which he had given 22 runs, going wicketless.

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On Friday, before his fall, Joseph had already endured a hard beating, once again going wicketless and leaking 53 runs in three overs. Having played half the number of games, Mumbai will be keen to find an immediate replacement for Joseph.

Mumbai play Royal Challengers at home on Monday before travelling for four away games.

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