Star all-rounder of the Rajasthan Royals (RR) franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Jofra Archer now revealed as to what was his first thought when Rajasthan bought him in IPL 2018 auctions. Jofra Archer said that he wasn’t expecting such a huge amount bid for him as he had not played an international game when his selection took place.
Rajasthan Royals made a massive as well as shocking move to grab their hands on Archer in the 2018 auctions as they bought him for INR 7.20 Crore. When the Rajasthan-based franchise made such a giant move, it shocked many as Archer was not a renowned name in world cricket at that point of time.
Now, Jofra Archer has himself revealed his amazement when the news broke out of his selection and shed light as to what his first thoughts were on being bought to play in the cash-rich league.
Jofra Archer Reveals His First Thought After Being Picked By Rajasthan Royals In 2018
“I was obviously excited! I had just got off the field two or three hours earlier, we (Hobart Hurricanes) had a game in Melbourne and had just beaten the (Melbourne) Stars. Myself, D’Arcy Short, Ben McDermott all the guys who were in the draft, we had minivans that we got to take from the ground. All the guys in the auction took the first bus back and we watched it together,” Jofra Archer said.
“I had two phones at the time, one on the phone to CJ (Chris Jordan) and the other to my parents. I watched it but I remember before I told CJ that I probably won’t play a game because I haven’t played any international cricket. I told him I’ll probably get picked up at my base price and I’ll probably spend eight weeks in India and not play any cricket!” Archer added.
Rajasthan Have Been Brilliant In The Team Management: Jofra Archer
“When I saw the bidding start a few teams were going at it, and I was thinking wow I’m actually going to get to go to India for sure, so I was even happier than when the bidding started because I knew for sure that at least I would get to be associated with a franchise,” Archer said.
“But I was still grateful regardless, and then in the next few months I ended up being in India. That’s where I met most of the guys, the squad hasn’t really changed going into the second year and the third year now, it has still been the majority of the same guys. I think that is a great thing that Rajasthan are doing, to keep the core of the team the same,” Archer signed off.
Also Read: Jhulan Goswami Calls For The Inception Of Women IPL; Says It Can Help Women Cricket Scale The Knockout Barrier