- Luke Wright tips Sussex team-mate Jofra Archer to make a big impression in IPL 2018
- Jofra Archer IPL 2018 contract with Rajasthan Royals cost the franchise INR 7.2 crore
- Archer took 16 wickets in the 2017/2018 Big Bash League playing for the Hobart Hurricanes
Following Jofra Archer’s electric performance in the 2017-2018 Big Bash League, the returning Rajasthan Royals team didn’t hesitate to spend INR 7.2 crore on the Englishman even though he has yet to be tested in Indian conditions. Jofra Archer IPL 2018 contract might put some extra bit of pressure on him to perform but his Sussex team-mate Luke Wright believes that Archer has the quality to make a big impression in the upcoming season of IPL. For more cricket latest news or live cricket news, do not forget to visit news.rooter.io.
He is one of the best players I have seen at his age: Luke Wright
Jofra Archer was superb in the Big Bash League, picking up 16 wickets just 2 short of Rashid Khan and Dwayne Bravo who picked up 18 wickets. The 23-year-old fast bowler isn’t just excellent with the new ball in the powerplay but is also a great weapon for a captain to use in the death overs. Luke Wright, who has played a lot of T20 cricket over the years and has also been part of the lucrative Indian Premier League said, “It was a matter of time before the world discovered him. I was with Melbourne (Stars) at the Big Bash and we played Hobart in a friendly and the Stars guys hadn’t heard of him but they went away hugely impressed. I remember seeing him rough up Brendon McCullum in the Bangladesh T20 before the Big Bash and I think a lot of coaches saw that too and took notice as well.
“Everything he did came off. As an overseas player in the franchises you are a gun for hire and when things don’t go well you have to protect yourself and be your own coach but he’s taken it all in his stride. The nice thing is that he wants to keep improving. He is one of the best players I have seen at his age and I wouldn’t be surprised if he tears up the IPL as well.”
Luke played for the Pune Warriors India in the 2012-2013 season and was recently appointed the captain of Sussex’s T20 side. Luke Wright and his team-mates will have to do without Archer and English international Chris Jordan for Sussex’s first five Championship games as the duo will be busy with their IPL commitments. This period where the two fast bowlers are out in India will give the young players in the squad a chance to impress newly appointed coach Jason Gillespie. For more such cricket latest news and live cricket news, do not forget to visit news.rooter.io.
Jofra Archer still 4 years away from being eligible for the English national team
Jorfra Archer joined Hobart Hurricanes as a replacement for Tom Curran, who had to depart on national duty. Right in the very first game, Archer started the proceeding with a double-wicket maiden. Apart from his bowling, Archer is also a wonderful fielder with a knack for doing the improbable quite frequently. The 23-year-old was born in West Indies but holds an English passport due to his British father. Unfortunately for Archer, he will need to wait till 2022 to play for England because of an ECB rule that requires a player to complete a residency period of 7 years before being eligible for selection in the national team.
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