Jofra Archer- The Sensational All-Rounder

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This incredibly talented Barbados-born English cricketer Jofra Archer is the star player of England. This player is a sensational all-rounder who has played for the West-indies under 19 team in 2014. However, this right-arm fast bowler could not continue his career in the West-Indies team because of an injury. He had to start from scratch after his recovery. However, Archer decided to play for England.

Archer got a helping hand from one of his fellow West Indies-born English player Chris Jordan, who recommended this fiery star at his club, Sussex. Archer impressed everyone with his performances and is now one of the most successful members of the England squad. He has played for them in all formats of the game. Jofra Archer has now gained the reputation of being one of the best bowlers in T20s.

Jofra Archer’s Profile in Domestic Cricket

He debuted in July 2016 for Sussex during Pakistan's tour of England. However, his List A debut was on 24 July 2016 against Gloucestershire in the 2016 Royal London One Day Cup. With his natural ability and his skill with both ball and bat,  Archer flourished for the national side. But he got global recognition in the Big Bash League in Australia and also represented the Hobbit hurricanes in the 2017-18 season where everyone admired his performances.

International Career

Jofra Archer’s country and birthplace are Bridgetown, Barbados, but he got International recognition by playing for the England national team. Archer made his ODI debut against Ireland on 3rd May 2019 and his relatively short run-up helped him gain extra bounce and seam movement. He was able to trouble even the best of batsmen and took England to victory consistently.

Jofra Archer’s nationality is British, which he holds through his father; this extraordinary player moved to England in 2015, which made him ineligible to play for the side till 2022.  According to ECB’s rules, any player who comes to England after the age of 18 years can only represent the England Cricket Team internationally if they have lived in the country for at least seven years. ECB made changes in the rules just to accommodate him and made him part of the 2019 World Cup squad.

Archer made his international debut in May 2019 against Ireland in Dublin, where this he troubled Ireland’s batsmen and bagged 1-40. The England side won that match after a chasing 199 runs, losing just four wickets in the process. Archer also became a part of the final ODI matches against Pakistan before the World Cup Tournament. The surprise decision of ECB to bring Archer back in the team changed England's fortune and helped them win the World Cup. Archer was on fire in the World Cup and became the third-highest wicket-taker of the tournament while topping the bowling charts for England.

Archer took 20 wickets in 11 matches in the tournament.  His consistent performances increased his Captain’s confidence in him, which led him to bowl the most important super-over of the most unpredictable and dramatic World Cup final. Following the World Cup, ICC named Jofra Archer as the rising star of the England team. Let’s have a look at Jofra Archer’s stats for batting and bowling:

Batting Career Summary

  M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
Test 11 16 0 139 30 8.69 275 50.55 0 0 0 20 1
ODI 17 9 5 27 8 6.75 34 79.41 0 0 0 2 0
T20I 4 - - - - - - - - - - - -
IPL 22 14 7 109 27 15.57 69 157.97 0 0 0 6 8

Bowling Career Summary

  M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
Test 11 21 2398 1182 38 6/45 8/85 2.96 31.11 63.11 3 0
ODI 17 17 911 720 30 3/27 3/27 4.74 24.0 30.37 0 0
T20I 4 4 90 126 5 2/29 2/29 8.4 25.2 18.0 0 0
IPL 22 22 515 642 27 3/15 3/15 7.48 23.78 19.07 0 0

Jofra Archer IPL and T20 Career

With his technique and intelligence, he became an important pick for IPL and other T20 matches. Rajasthan Royals picked up Jofra Archer for an auction amount of Rs 7.25 crore during the 2018 IPL. He made it worthwhile for the team as he was the highest wicket-taker with getting 15 wickets at an economy rate of just 15.53.

Archer became the Man of the Match for his fiery bowling against Mumbai Indians in 2018 where he took three wickets for 22 runs.

However, the second season of IPL playing for RR wasn’t that great for him. He still managed to bag 11 wickets in 11 matches. RR ended up in the second-last position in the points table.

Jofra Archer’s current team is the Rajasthan Royals. They played their first match in the 2020 edition against CSK, which they won, and Jofra proved to be the star of the game.

Archer hit an eight ball 22 in the match, helping RR post 216-7. He even bowled well and took 1- 26 from his four overs, and Chennai Super Kings fell short by 16 runs.

This star player has played many T20s League with great success. Archer played in BBL 2017 for the Titans and picked up ten wickets while scoring 87 runs in 9 innings with the bat. Jofra Archer made these runs at an impressive strike rate of 165.15. Jofra's remarkable performances in BBL tournament and domestic cricket led him to sign the Big Bash League contract with the Hobart Hurricanes in 2017/18. He played all the 12 matches in the contest and also became the highest wicket-taker of the season. Archer picked 16 wickets with an economy rate of fewer than three runs per over. He became the only bowler for the 'Men in Purple’ to bowl a maiden over in the tournament. After this tournament, Archer participated in T20 Pakistan Super League, where he played for Quetta Gladiators in 2018. He was able to play only two matches but still got five wickets with an economy rate of 6.62.

Archer again played the BBL in 2018-19, becoming the highest wicket-taker for the Hurricanes yet again, picking up 18 wickets in 15 games.

Personal Information

He was born on 1 April 1995 and is 26 years old. Jofra Archer’s height is 6 feet 10 inches. Jofra's father, Frank Archer, is an English national and his mother, Joelle Waithe, is a Barbadian.

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