Jofra Archer is an all-rounder West Indies cricketer, who was born in 1995, at Bridgetown in Barbados. Archer has played for Barbados U19 team, Big Bash League franchise Hobart Hurricanes, Sussex, Sussex 2nd XI, and West Indies U19 team during his career. The 23-year-old has caught unwavering attention from the world’s best cricket stalwarts. Here are 9 facts about Jofra Archer that you probably didn’t know.
9 Facts about Jofra Archer:
1. Played in West Indies U19 cricket team
Jofra Archer grew up in Barbados, from where he went on to play three times for the West Indies U19 cricket team in 2013. However, Archer was left out of the West Indies squad for the ICC U19 World Cup of 2014, which took place in the United Arab Emirates. Unlucky.
2. Took 4 wickets in first-class debut against Pakistan
Jofra Archer made his first-class debut in a Tour Match against Pakistan, playing for Sussex in 2016. the 23-year-old was impressive with the leather as he clicked four wickets for 49 runs in 22 overs. Coming in as an inexperienced newbie, Archer dismissed cricket veterans such as – Mohammad Hafeez, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali and Misbah-ul-Haq.
3. Jofra Archer was Chris Jordan’s team-mate
After suffering a back-injury, Jofra Archer had gone out of contention from the West Indies team, which resulted in him to moving to England to shape his cricket career. It was then, that his Barbados-born teammate, Christopher Jordan, introduced him to Sussex cricket management, for which Archer played for a decent duration, along with Chris Jordan.
4. Jofra Archer has 89 wickets from 20 first-class cricket matches
Archer has played 20 first-class games for Sussex till now and has been a prolific wicket-taker and cricketer, with a tally of 89 wickets and 833 runs from the short career, which included one magnificent knock of 81 runs not-out.
5. Archers attracted praised from South Africa’s Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn is one the most renowned pacers in the game of cricket, who has set high benchmarks for young pacers and all-rounders coming into the sport. The South African bowling great showered praises and good regards for the talent-rich all-rounder born in Barbados. Dale Steyn once wrote “Been keeping an eye on Jofra Archer whilst playing for Sussex (tipped by Will Davis). Playing BBL, this kid is gonna be special”.
6. Highest wicket-taker for Sussex
Jofra Archer has outshined many of his contemporaries with the ball for the Sussex side in the County season in 2017. The 23-year-old has picked as many as 61 wickets in 24 innings, registering an impressive average of 25.29. Archer was the highest wicket-taker for his team, an irony that is suggested by the all-rounder’s surname.
7. Excelled in BBL for Hobart Hurricanes
Jofra Archer had also been in a premier form in the recently-concluded Big Bash League season 7. He is the highest wicket-taker for his BBL team, Hobart Hurricanes, with 15 wickets in 10 matches at a decent economy of 7.50. On top of his numbers, Archer also happens to be highly acrobatic, as was visible from a handful of instances from BBL, for example when he took an extraordinary one-handed catch to dismiss Ben Cutting.
8. Archer was sought-after at IPL 2018 Auction
His all the impressive showings in the T20 league in Australia worked wonders for his fortunes when he went under the hammer in the IPL auction. Almost every franchise sought to have him in their side but Rajasthan Royals won the intense bidding war and picked him for INR 7.2 crore.
9. Has an English passport, but not eligible to play for England till 2022
Jofra Archer happens to have an English father, and a British passport. However, the all-rounder is not yet eligible to play for England, as under the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) rules, Archer did not live in England until after his 18th birthday, and so he would need to complete a seven year residency period in order to earn the status of a professional cricketing England national.