England have never won the 50-overs World Cup title, but their performance in the last couple of years has improved to a great extent and they are reckoned to be the overwhelming favourites for this edition of the tournament. The hosts are widely considered to be the favourites to winning the tournament given the advantage of playing in familiar conditions, pitches that suit their style of play, excellent record at home and no.1 ranking on ICC’s ODI team ratings.
One more wonderful addition to the already mighty Three Lions’ side is Barbados born Jofra Archer, a lad who can bowl above 150kmph with ease and has a good game with the bat as well. He has put up a display of his skills in various T20 leagues all over the world like the Big Bash League and Indian Premier League. ECB even changed their qualification rules to ensure that Archer was available for the World Cup.
“I guess the more you play in these competitions, the more exposure you get. The more you're discussed in team meetings, batsmen will find ways to combat what you do. The only way to stay ahead of the curve is to keep trying to get better. That's what drives me,” said Jofra Archer during a recent interview when asked about whether the IPL has made him a known commodity.
I just want to enjoy myself
Archer stated that he is not under pressure going into his first World Cup tournament. He revealed that he has got this dream opportunity to play represent England in the quadrennial event almost four years before than he had expected. The speedster noted that he just wants to enjoy himself and do well for his team.
“Not really, no. I'm playing four years earlier than I thought I would, playing international cricket for England at a World Cup. I just want to enjoy myself, that's all,” Archer mentioned on being asked about the World Cup pressure.
Archer has become quite famous for his exploits with the ball in the death overs stage. He has also picked up wickets with the new ball in the T20 leagues contested around the world, however, it is his ability to bowl yorkers at will during the death that has impressed everyone.
“I'm ready to bowl whenever I need to. There's talk of me being the one to break partnerships mid-way through an innings, but whatever the time, I'm ready,” Archer concluded.