If I Want To Be An India Bowler, It Would Be Ishant Sharma, Says Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer is presently the most talked about England cricketer. Even before he made his debut for the country, the team felt the need for him for World Cup and Ashes. Considering that, the board eased the rules to allow Archer make his ODI debut just ahead of the World Cup.
Soon, he found himself in the squad for the tournament and is set for a big test at the marquee event. Archer was born in Caribbean islands and could have played for West Indies. However, he chose England and went on to play for Sussex.
He became the talk of the town during his BBL stint in 2017/18 and his IPL stint with Rajasthan Royals saw him go up in the ranks. The England pacer has the ability to bowl 140+ at all times, one of the rare abilities which a fast bowler can have.
Recently, in a chat with IANS, Archer was asked about the bowler he would learn from and he picked up a surprising choice. Archer said that he was an Indian bower, it would be Ishant Sharma.
“Ishant spent last summer with us at Sussex and he pretty much reminds me of myself. He swings the ball in and doesn’t swing it away too much, so I think both of us are the same as he is also tall. So, if I wanted to be an Indian bowler it probably would be Ishant,” Archer told IANS.
Both the pacers were teammates at Sussex during Ishant’s county stint with the team. The county stint did wonders to Ishant and he got his place back in team India’s Test playing XI. He is again the leader of the pace attack and is also one of the players on the standby list for World Cup.
For Archer, he is a confirmed starter in England’s playing XI and will share the new ball with Chris Woakes. Mark Wood will be the third seamer in the playing XI.
Archer can also bat well but his this ability hasn’t been seen in international cricket yet. In fact, he hasn’t got a chance to bat in any of the three ODIs and 1 T20I he has played so far.
England kick off their World Cup 2019 campaign against South Africa tomorrow. The match will be played at Kennington Oval in London. Ahead of the contest, South Africa suffered a big blow as Dale Steyn is yet to recover from the shoulder issue and will not be part of the playing XI.
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