Former India fast bowler Ashish Nehra has heaped rich praise on England pacer Jofra Archer and called him the no.1 amongst all the young talented pacers who have made their debuts in the last 2-3 years. His comments come ahead of the third Test match between India and England, which is a day-night affair to be played at the New Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad.
India has played only two pink-ball day/night Tests this far, winning their first one ever against Bangladesh in 2019 in Eden Gardens, Kolkata where Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma picked five-wicket hauls and Virat Kohli making a century.
However, in their second day/night match which was played against Australia In Sydney on their recent tour down under, India lost the match in embarrassing fashion, after being bowled out for 35- their lowest total in one innings of a Test match in their cricketing history.
In The Form Jofra Archer Is In, He Will Benefit England: Ashish Nehra
Speaking on the 3rd Test, Nehra said that England captain Joe Root has to use his fast bowlers effectively and had only praise for young Jofra Archer, who has captivated the fans with his ability to generate extreme pace with relative ease since his international debut for England in 2019.
“Jofra Archer is very talented; I believe among all the young talented bowlers we have seen in the past 2-3 years – Jofra Archer is number one. In the form Jofra Archer is in, especially if he’s in form and fit – It will benefit the England team,” Nehra said.
Joe Root Will Be In A Fix Which Three Fast Bowlers He Should Play: Ashish Nehra
He further said that the fast bowlers will be the key for the England team against India at Motera under lights and touched upon their experienced pace duo Stuart Broad and James Anderson.
“Stuart Broad wasn’t seen in his best form, he didn’t even play the first Test match. In the second innings, his form was back but he got the ball very late in the game. About Jamie Anderson, I don’t need to say much about his talent. Joe Root will be in a fix as to which three bowlers he should go ahead with or should he pick two bowlers, he will also have to analyze the pitch,” Nehra said on Star Sports’ Cricket Connected.
“Even if India sees a similar wicket like Chennai, England still has a strong line-up, the way Stuart Broad bowls leg cutters and bowls wicket to wicket; Jofra Archer bowls pace and bounce, Jimmy Anderson has experience with his swing and reverse swing. England has everything in their armory,” Nehra signed off.