IPL auction 2018: A few days ago, Hobart Hurricanes were playing the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League 2018. With the ball in hand was West Indian Jofra Archer. Before he would have finished his follow through, the ball was thumped back towards him at a ferocious speed. Nine out of ten players would have ducked for cover but unfortunately for the batsman, Archer is that tenth player. He simply plucked the ball out of the air to complete what was arguably the catch of the season. You watch the replay of that catch and you know why Rajasthan Royals spend Rs 7.2 cr to buy the West Indian all-rounder at IPL auction 2018. In that match, Archer ended up ticking up three wickets from four overs.
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A new name in the long list of all-rounders coming from West Indies, Jofra Archer has rapidly become one of the most exciting young cricketers in the English county cricket. Born in Barbados to an English father and Bajan mother, he played for the under-19 team three times but, was then left out of the squad for Under-19 World Cup at the start of 2014. However, by then he had struck friendship with another Bajan-born cricketer, Chris Jordan. It was Jordan who first alerted Sussex to Archer’s talents after facing him in a net session in Barbados and his assessment that sky is the limit has been borne out by batting and bowling spellsof great promise.
Archer plays most of his cricket in England but for a migrant to play for the ‘Three Lions’, he has to have at least seven-years of stay in England. Going by it, Archer won’t be available for England cricket team until 2022-23 which at the speed he is developing would deny international cricket of a gifted cricketer.
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Archer is capable of reaching high-speeds and is a dangerous lower-middle order batsman although missed out on the West Indies U19 due to a serious back injury, rallied while playing for Sussex’s second XI and for Horsham in the Sussex Premier League.
On July 8, 2016, he made his first-class debut for Sussex during Pakistan’s tour of England, which was followed by a maiden five-wicket haul in a Royal London Cup defeat to Somerset. Making a powerful first impression after breaking into Sussex’s Championship side in the second half of 2016, Archer made debut in all three formats and took 35 wickets in all. He also wasted no time in showing his potential with the bat as he struck 72 batting at No 8 on debut against Essex. He floated into the crease with good effect in 2017, too, with 61 wickets at 25 and an average of more than 45 with the bat, a bright aspect of Sussex’s flagging promotion campaign.