IPL 2018: Jofra Archer feels Rajasthan Royals will be a ‘really good team’

  • Jofra Archer was bagged by Rajasthan Royals for INR 6.2 crore for the 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League
  • The Barbados-born English professional all-rounder has emerged as one of the most lethal pacers in international cricket
  • Archer is excited to play for Rajasthan in IPL 2018, a team which is full of stars such as Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Ajinkya Rahane, among others

The Barbados-born English professional cricketer, Jofra Archer, is one of the recent cricketing prodigies to have emerged onto the international scene. The 22-year-old all-rounder has been slowly yet steadily establishing himself as one of the most lethal wicket-takers in cricket. Bought for INR 6.2 crore by Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2018 auction, for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League, Archer is being labelled as the new ‘Million Dollar Man‘ ready to shine the brightest.

Archer to feature in IPL 2018 for Rajasthan Royals

Jofra Archer has become a globetrotting cricketer in just a few years of making entry into cricket. The right-handed cricketer started his cricket career with England – Sussex county cricket club, against Pakistan in 2016. Following his stint with England, Archer went on to play in global T20 cricket leagues, such as; the Big Bash League (BBL), Pakistan Super League (PSL), and is set to make an entry in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) for Rajasthan Royals.

Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports, Jofra Archer spoke about how he felt to learn that his performances in international cricket had earned him a lot of hype. There was also an instance when South Africa pacer legend Dale Steyn had mentioned that Jofra Archer was going to rattle the international cricketing scene. Archer said,

“I didn’t really know how people would take to me, especially at Hobart – it can be difficult having an overseas player who hasn’t played any international cricket. I was just glad to be given the opportunity and a chance to perform.”

How Jofra Archer feels to be a ‘Million Dollar Man’

Archer, who was bought by Rajasthan Royals for INR 6.2 crore for the upcoming IPL 2018 season, making him the new ‘Million Dollar Man’. He said that although he got a great deal of money, it was just the competitive cricket in the Indian Premier League that the Barbados-born all-rounder was looking forward to. Jofra Archer said,

“If I’d have got half of the money I got, I’d have still been very happy. I just wanted to play in the IPL; the money is just a bonus. I’m most looking forward to bowling at the international players – it will be a gauge to see where I’m at and if I’m ready for international cricket.”

Rajasthan Royals are full of cricket veterans in IPL 2018, and Jofra Archer can’t seem to grasp the reality

Rajasthan Royals are making a re-entry into the Indian Premier League after a two-year ban, and have made absolute arrangements to ensure that they give the other IPL 2018 teams a rough time. The franchise is full of big and renowned cricketing stars: Australia captain Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, and Jofra Archer himself (being touted as the new ‘Million Dollar Man’). Speaking about how he feels about the star power in the team, Archer said,

“It’s weird. I watched all of these players when you’re younger, and now I’m actually in the same team, same environment. I think we have a really good team. I won’t be too gutted if I don’t play the majority of the games; I’m just happy to have this opportunity.”

Jofra Archer wants to play Test cricket, which is ‘the pinnacle’ of the sport

England cricketer and Jofra Archer’s Rajasthan Royals teammate for IPL 2018, Jos Buttler had said that T20 cricket was spreading like wildfire on international cricket scenario, and could soon be the only format in cricket. Commenting on it, Jofra Archer told Sky Sports,

“I don’t want to agree with it, but I think it is looking that way a little bit. I personally want to play Test cricket, hopefully, when I qualify. It’s the pinnacle, a great place to showcase your skills and really rate yourself. It was a childhood dream, that’s the whole reason why I started playing cricket.”

READ: Test cricketers must be paid more than white-ball specialists, feels Wasim Akram.

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