A Barbadian-born 24-years boy who has become a hotline, nowadays. The name is “Jofra Chioke Archer.” In the beginning of his cricket career he played for West Indies at U-19s level. But, who knew that his fate is lying in another nation at another level. Once Dale Steyn admired Archer by saying;
“I am keeping a good eye on this kid, as his future seems to be very bright.”
And, now that kid is proving to be the star for England’s bowling line up. He debuted for England in T20Is in 2019 against Ireland. Then, he made his CWC debut, that too in 2019 and played a major role in England’s victory. Currently, he is playing ashes and he picked up a 6-fer in his 2nd test and rattled the Aussies on 179 in first innings. David Warner and Marnus Labuchange were the highlights from Australian side, both scoring fifties. In post innings break, Warner said;
‘Facing Archer is a bit like facing Steyn!”
Archer took it as a huge compliment and was happy to be compared with a legend. But, it will be more appropriate if we compare Archer’s bowling with the West Indian bowlers from 70s or 80s. Because he has many things in common with those giants, known as Black Storm, like pace, bounce, aggression, etc.
Warner is a modern era batsman, that’s why he compared Archer with a modern era bowler. But, if we ask someone from that golden era of cricket, they will surely mention the name of either Courtney Walsh, Curtly Ambrose, Micheal Holding or Ian Bishop. That was the time when bowlers reigned over the Cricket kingdom. Those were the batsman who played in such difficult conditions against such terrifying bowling units.
Anyhow, this is just start of Archer’s international career and we wish him all the best for throughout his career.