Jofra Archer Mourned Cousin’s Death During The World Cup
England pacer Jofra Archer was an immediate star playing a pivotal role in his side’s maiden World Cup-winning campaign last week. Meanwhile, Archer suffered a personal loss during the tournament but continued to play on. The young seamer lost his cousin during the World Cup who was very close to Archer.
Archer played a vital role in the World Cup
Jofra Archer played a crucial role in the nail-biting against the New Zealand where England won by the Super Over boundary count which raised a lot of speculations among the fans and former cricketers. England and New Zealand both finished with 241 runs which pushed the game to the Super Over. Much to the amusement of the fans, the tie-breaker also couldn’t separate the two sides as the host took away the game only on Super Over boundary count.
Meanwhile, England’s new-born star Jofra Archer mourned a personal loss right at the start of the tournament but continued to play on with it. He lost his 24-year-old cousin Ashantio Blackman who was shot dead outside his home in St. Philip, eastern Barbados. The incident took place just before the day England played their World Cup opener against South Africa on May 30. Regardless of that incident, Archer played a vital part claiming 20 wickets from 11 matches at a reasonable economy rate.
Jofra Archer’s father, Frank recently revealed the news and also stated that the cricketer had a chat with him the day before he died. The news did take a toll on the pacer, but he carried on with his duties and led England to the title.
(His cousin) is the same age as Jofra and they were really close, he even messaged him in the days before he died. Jofra was really affected by his death but had to carry on,” he told The Times.
Jofra Archer is likely to get a call for the upcoming Ashes series against Australia starting from August 1 at Edgbaston.