IPL 2020: Jofra Archer Is A Weapon - Shane Warne
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IPL 2020: Jofra Archer Is A Weapon – Shane Warne

Jofra Archer
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Jofra Archer of Rajasthan Royals whose performances have been extraordinary, to say the least, was praised by the former Rajasthan Royals skipper and spin legend Shane Warne.

Jofra Archer has been difficult to handle for the opposition batsmen as he bowls at a fearsome pace and bounce and Shane Warne believes this gives RR a huge advantage in the tournament.

Shane Warne
Shane Warne. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Jofra Archer Is A Weapon And Can Change Course Of Game In Couple Of Overs: Shane Warne

Shane Warne especially pointed out Jofra Archer’s ability to bowl at the death overs, which makes it difficult for opposition batsmen to score quick runs when they need them the most.

Keeping Jofra Archer’s death bowling in mind, teams usually try and force the issue against RR’s other bowlers a bit earlier in the innings, which ends up costing them dearly.

“He’s (Jofra Archer) a weapon and can change the course of the game in an over or two. The last four or five overs are so important for the batting team and when you’ve got Jofra bowling a couple of overs at the end it’s very difficult.

Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

So, some of the opposition teams might have to go a little bit earlier rather than wait till the end because they’ve got to face Archer. Tactically that’s an advantage,” Shane Warne told Hindustan Times.

Jofra Archer was one of the most exciting picks in the IPL Player Auction 2018, fetching a cool INR 7.20 crore. He can bowl the ball at a fearsome pace and when he bowls yorkers he can clock speeds in excess of 150 kph. He has won the World Cup 2019 with England, bowling the Super Over of the thrilling final against New Zealand.  He has picked up 29 wickets from 24 matches averaging 24.34 so far.

Sanju Samson Should Be Playing For India In All Three Formats: Shane Warne

Shane Warne also spoke about the impact of the performances of Sanju Samson for RR over the years. Sanju Samson has grown into a crucial player for the 2008 IPL champions and has begun to show the consistency that is needed for him to get a call-up to the national side.

Shane Warne is of the opinion that dependable batsman Sanju Samson has already shown enough potential and that he must become a permanent member in the Indian team squad across all formats of the game. He is hopeful that the 25-year-old wicket-keeper batsman will have a consistent IPL 2020 to increase his chances of representing India regularly.

“Sanju Samson, I mean I’ve been saying it for a long time now – Sanju should be playing all forms of the game for India. He is such a quality player, he’s shown that class again in the first game and I hope he has a consistent tournament this year. If he has a consistent tournament this year, I think you’ll see him representing India in all forms of the game. He’s just such a talented player,” Shane Warne said.

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson. Image Credit: IPL.

“I’ve seen a lot of talented cricketers in my time but watching Samson bat in the nets, being around him, speaking to him over the years and now watching him evolve, I mean he is something else. He is a very special talent and I hope he hits the international stage very soon,” the 51-year-old added.

Rajasthan Royals play their next game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.

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