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Jofra Archer: A gem for IPL and the future of ECB!3 min read

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Jofra Archer is a young man with big dreams and is persistent, dedicated, talented and unquestionably hardworking. His final goal is to play for the England National Cricket Team. He was born in Barbados and hails from a relatively hard background wherein not everything was easy to come by as he mentions himself; “I didn’t grow up in abundant fortune. With the earnings from IPL, I can make up for the stuff that I didn’t have as a child. I can give myself and the family a better standard of living,”. He is of humble beginnings and is firmly grounded. He understands the importance of his family and is very attached to them. According to him, the hardest part of being able to manage his packed timetable is not meeting his family: “For me is about juggling cricket and my family time,” “I’m in England for 210 days a year, and other franchise tournaments limit my family time, but family time is most important to me. If it is that it is going to cut into my family time, I may have to leave a tournament out” and goes onto say “My family keeps me grounded, keeps me sane,” he said. “I try not to be away for too long”. 

He started off in 2016 by playing for the Sussex cricket club and made his first-class debut by playing for them at Pakistan’s tour of England. It was a dream come true for him as he was bought by Rajasthan Royals this year for a whopping 800,000 Pounds, making him the second most expensive uncapped player in the game. It was definitely worth it because he seamlessly took the wickets of Hardik PandyaMitchell McClenaghan, and Krunal Pandya. He did it 140 Kmph. He hit 17 wickets at an economy rate of 7.88. IPL is a great opportunity for him to establish himself, he feels. He says:

“It is life-changing,” “I’ll be able to buy my own home, and change my family’s life as well” and “It’s probably the biggest T20 competition outside of international cricket, and I can’t play international cricket at the moment, so it’s probably going to be the biggest challenge of my life so far. I just want to perform as well as I did in the Big Bash and take that form back to Sussex.”.

He also talks about his current aim at the Indian Primer League; “My personal aim was to be the highest wicket-taker this IPL. That was the target I set after I was picked by Rajasthan Royals but I missed the first few matches due to a side strain. So, I don’t know whether I would be able to do that now. But in the remaining games, I want to take two to three wickets every match. That’s my target now”

He wants to play for England. Unfortunately, it is not possible as of the time being due to the fact that he needs to complete a 7-year residency period which would only be up in 2022. Certainly, several things could transpire within this time period, already, the 23-year-old is moving really fast and himself feels that the last two years have literally zoomed past and hopes the same for the upcoming years so that he can quickly be a part of the team for England.

For now, though, he is satisfied with his current state and hopes to learn from this as well and future endeavors. He has created a huge fan base from himself who want to see him very soon at England and he talks about the lot of attention he has been garnering lately. 

The fans show their love through Twitter.

“I don’t think it (attention) is affecting me. A lot of things can change drastically in this format. My focus is to do well for Rajasthan. I am working on my fitness and hopefully, I will be able to reach the optimum level very soon,”

“The biggest key is not to let it get to you,” he said. “There’s hype in every tournament in whatever tournament you go to, but obviously with Steve Smith not being there now, that probably shifts some of the hype off of me, but I just want to stay clear of that, to be honest.” 

Archer is certainly a man who is ready to tirelessly work for his dreams. He is clear about it. He says: 

“[My priorities] won’t change. I think Test cricket is the reason I tried to become a pro, I just hope that the time flies. If it is that I have to wait until 2022, I’m much happier doing what I’ve done this winter and seeing new places, so either way, I’m not fussed about waiting” and “I just want to tell them, be patient, I’m coming,” 

Looks like he is going to be the bright future of the ECB and probably they should bend the rules for this young man. Even if they don’t, he is going to be a rage once he’s there. 

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