West Indies’ loss has been England’s gain. Even though Archer impressed in his younger years and represented the Windies at the U-19 level, opportunities seemed few and far between. Injuries hampered his progress and once fit again, it seemed like he had become another forgotten talent. It was Chris Jordan, another West-Indian-born English cricket player, who recommended him to the Sussex County Cricket Club and the rest, as they say, is history. An established member of the England national team now, having played for England across all three formats, Archer’s stock has skyrocketed in recent memory. Jofra Archer is now among the best bowlers in the shorter formats of the game.
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Jofra’s natural ability and technique saw him flourish for the national side. Even with a relatively short runup, he is able to get extra bounce and seam movement and get the better of batsmen. As he comes in to bowl, he has almost no jump and still manages to deliver scorching bouncers. His match intelligence to know when to mix it up with yorkers and slower balls make him a real asset for any team.
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The fact that the England Cricket Board bent the eligibility rules so that he could be included in the team for the World Cup shows how highly rated he is. His performance in the 2019 World Cup was one of the key reasons contributing to England’s win. England legend, Andrew Flintoff even said that he’d drop anyone to include him in the team. Apart from his impeccable bowling, Archer can certainly do a good job with the bat as well. Coming in to bat as a middle-order batsman, he swings big.
Jofra Archer was picked up by the Rajasthan Royals for a cool INR 7.20 crores and he certainly made quite the impression. Although his batting ability was underused, he was one of RR’s main wicket-takers, as can be seen from the following stats:
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