Former Rajasthan Royals captain-coach and current brand ambassador and mentor Shane Warne shed praise over Jofra Archer, the remarkable English pacer who has been amazing with both the bat and the ball for the franchise in the 2020 Indian Premier League season.
Rajasthan Royals have made a momentous start of their campaign with two straight victories out of their first three matches. Along with the overall superb performance from their batting squad that has crossed the double century score twice, Jofra Archer has shined in both the batting and bowling department.
So far, the 25-year-old England international has secured three scalps in the first three matches, including a superb 2-18 against Kolkata Knight Riders last night.
However, bowling is not the only place where Archer is gathering some brownie points. Coming off to the pitch in the batting middle order, he has landed massive strikes crossing the boundary ropes. In the last three matches, Archer has scored 46 runs with a whopping 306.66 strike rate, including seven sixes.
He’s a weapon: Shane Warne on Jofra Archer
Warne, who played for RR in the first four IPL seasons, and took the franchise to their single IPL trophy in the first edition of the tournament back in 2008, has lauded Archer for being someone who can quickly alter the outcome of a match.
“Jofra’s a superstar. He brings the x-factor to the table, the fear factor for the opposition.” Warne spoke to Hindustan Times, “They would all spend so much time talking about Jofra Archer as in ‘do we see him off? Or, do we try to score off him? how do we play him?’”
Archer’s quick hits in the dead overs have helped RR secure wins against both CSK and KXIP. Even though they lost against KKR last night in Dubai, Archer made a mark by picking the wickets of the in-form Shubman Gill as well as KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik, all while maintaining a superb 4.50 economy rate.
“He’s a weapon and can change the course of the game in an over or two,” the Aussie continued, “The last four or five overs are so important for the batting team and when you’ve got Jofra bowling a couple of overs at the end it’s very difficult,”
“So, some of the opposition teams might have to go a little bit earlier rather than wait till the end because they’ve got to face Archer. Tactically that’s an advantage,” acknowledged Warne.
Rajasthan’s next face-off is against Royal Challengers Bangalore on 3rd October at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.