Full name Jofra Chioke Archer
Born April 1, 1995, Bridgetown, Barbados
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
West Indies have in the recent past produced a flurry of aggressive all-rounders who can wield the willow like an axe and bowl fiery spells at a rapid pace. Jofra Archer is the latest sensation in that list although it’s the Caribbean’s loss that the youngster will not be representing his own country. This wasn’t expected at all, considering that Archer showed a lot of promise during his growing stage in Barbados and even went on to represent the U-19 West Indies side. However, a relentless back injury hampered his progress in a big way and by the time he got back to peak fitness, it seemed like that the cricketing structure in West Indies had forgotten about him.
Archer wasn’t to be denied though and instead decided to ply his trade in England. His fellow West Indian-born English star Chris Jordan recommended the young man to his club Sussex and Archer impressed instantly. Consequently, a First-class debut followed and he also got picked in the shorter formats as well. He has looked at ease in all the formats, blessed with loads of natural ability. Despite his performances in England, it was the Big Bash League in Australia that catapulted Archer to global fame. Representing the Hobart Hurricanes in the 2017-18 season, he performed admirably. There was clinical ball-striking, there was genuine pace and craftiness apart from excellent fielding which is a given with most West Indian cricketers.
Archer’s heroics at the BBL ensured that he got noticed at the 2018 IPL auctions and was eventually snapped up by the Rajasthan Royals. He knows very well that the IPL is the grandest stage of them all as far as T20 Leagues go and if he can shine there, nothing like it. The only interesting thing is regarding his future in international cricket. Initially, to play for England, he needed to play there in domestic cricket for seven years and hence, could represent the country somewhere in 2022 or thereabouts. However, the ECB relaxed the rules on expats, mostly in a bid to get Archer into the mix for the World Cup. It meant that Archer was available for selection for the 2019 World Cup and the Ashes series that followed it.
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