Just two months ago, England pacer Jofra Archer made his international debut, and since then, he is firing up with the ball in hand. At present, the 24-year-old pacer is playing the most crucial bowler role for his team in the ongoing Cricket World cup. Talking about this dream early success, Archer has credited his calmness.
England has qualified for the final of the ongoing 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. On this Sunday (14th July), England will face New Zealand in the final of this tournament at Lord’s (London).
While England have played good cricket in the ongoing 2019 CWC, Archer has played one of the crucial roles for his team. Before the final of this tournament, Archer is the leading wicket-taker for his team in this tournament. The right-arm pacer has taken 19 wickets in this CWC edition, which is also the most wickets for an England bowler in a single CWC edition history. Meanwhile, overall, Archer is also the third most wicket-taker in this 2019 CWC.
Jofra Archer is also not nervous in the big games. In the second semi-final of the ongoing 2019 CWC, Archer had the bowling figures of 10-032-2 against Australia. During that match, Archer took two crucial wickets as he dismissed the opener & captain Aaron Finch and the middle-order batsman Glenn Maxwell. Moreover, Archer’s lethal bouncer cut Alex Carey‘s chin.
I’m really calm – Jofra Archer
Archer believes that his calmness is one of the crucial reasons for his early success.
The Barbados-born said according to icc-cricket.com. “I’m really calm. You got that feeling, even when we were at breakfast, I don’t think anyone looked nervous. I might be wrong. Everyone just looked focused from the time we got into the ground. It’s those little things that make you think the guys are ready.
“I have always been like this. I try not to get nervous because then you do things you are not meant to do. The calmer you are, the better you are in a situation.”
I’m just happy to play games and win games – Archer
Jofra Archer revealed that they would bat first in the semi-final against Australia if they won the toss. However, he personally likes to bowl first. Archer provided the first breakthrough of that match on his very first ball of the game as he trapped Finch for lbw.
Archer added, “It hasn’t sunk in just yet. I’m just happy to play games and win games. We probably would have batted first. Personally I like to bowl first and get the work done. Emotions were definitely flying after that (first wicket). Everyone looked a lot more focused and switched on.”
After making his international debut in last May, Jofra Archer has played 13 ODIs and one T20I where he has picked up 22 and two wickets respectively. The right-arm pacer is hopeful on England’s success in the upcoming final of the ongoing 2019 CWC.
He said, “I’m just glad the team is doing well. I could be doing terribly but as long as the team is winning, I’m alright. It’s been mixed feelings at Lord’s. Sometimes I do ok, sometimes I don’t do as well as I’d like. Hopefully Sunday will go England’s way, not just my way but England’s way.”
It will be the fourth Cricket World Cup final for England. However, England is still waiting for their maiden Cricket World Cup trophy.