Former England off-spinner, Graeme Swann has made his observations as to why Jofra Archer was successful in the recently concluded IPL. Jofra Archer won the Most Valuable Player of the Season award in IPL 2020 despite Rajasthan Royals finishing last on the points table.
The right-arm speedster took 20 wickets at an economy of 6.55. Archer. Archer was accurate in his lines and lengths with the new ball in the powerplay and hurried the opposition batsmen with his extra pace.
He was also England’s leading wicket-taker in the 2019 World Cup after being fast-tracked into the team weeks before the tournament. The youngster was tasked with bowling the super over in the final, despite the presence of experienced pacers like Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett, and Chris Woakes.
He’s genuinely fast, and he bowls straight: Graeme Swann
Speaking ahead of the England-South Africa T20I series, Graeme Swann opined that Jofra Archer is quicker than most bowlers in the world. Swann pointed out that even the in-form batters struggled to cope with Archer’s extra pace.
As quoted by Sportskeeda, Graeme Swann said, “He’s genuinely fast, and he bowls very, very straight, so even players who have been absolutely smashing it against all other teams have been getting out to him within two or three balls.”
The cricketer-turned-commentator also observed that the pacer was not picking wickets with pure luck, instead, he was just too fast for the batsmen to handle. Swann says that the 25-year-old is so quick and accurate that even the best international batsmen looked powerless against the menace in Archer’s deliveries.
“And he wasn’t just getting them out in ways that you might say they were unlucky, he was simply too quick for them. I know we always say he’s fast, but he’s getting international standard players in the top form of their lives out,” Swann added.
Jofra Archer and England will take on Quinton de Kock’s South Africa in a 3 T20I series starting 27th November in Cape Town. To manage his workload Archer is given rest from the 3 ODIs that will follow.