Former England off-spinner Graeme Swann was in full praise of Jofra Archer ahead of England’s first T20I match against South Africa. He stated that the England speedster was successful in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 because he was ‘simply too quick for any opposition’.
After the completion of the cash-rich league, Archer was awarded Most Valuable Player (MVP) albeit his team Rajasthan Royals ended the tournament at the bottom. He notched 20 wickets in 14 matches at the economy rate of 6.55.
He’s genuinely fast, and he bowls very, very straight: Swann
Talking about England’s combination ahead of the first T20I against South Africa, Graeme Swann heaped praise on Jofra Archer. As the former cricketer worked as a cricket expert for broadcasters in the IPL, he gave the reasons behind the pace bowler’s brilliance.
“He’s genuinely fast, and he bowls very, very straight, so even players who have been absolutely smashing it against all other teams have been getting out to him within two or three balls,” the 41-year-old said.
Jofra Archer getting international players in the top form: Graeme Swann
Swann reckoned that Jofra Archer succeeded because of his talent and the luck factor has nothing to do with it. He added that the young pacer deserved all credit for dismissing some of the biggest names in world cricket.
“And he wasn’t just getting them out in ways that you might say they were unlucky, he was simply too quick for them. I know we always say he’s fast, but he’s getting international standard players in the top form of their lives out,” Graeme Swann concluded.
Meanwhile, in the first T20I match against South Africa, Archer picked one wicket in his four overs quota and registered the economy rate of 7.00. South Africa set up a fighting target of 180 runs but failed to defend it as England won the match by five wickets. Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes played gun-blazing knocks of 86 and 37 runs respectively.