IPL 2018: Jofra Archer braces for stint with the Rajasthan Royals

IPL 2018: Jofra Archer braces for stint with the Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals bagged Archer for 7.2 crores.

Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer of the Hobart Hurricanes. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)

Jofra Archer has had an eventful career thus far in the domestic circuit. He plays for Sussex in the English county where he emerged as the leading wicket-taker in Division two of the 2017 Specsavers County Championship. Thereafter, he was bagged by the Hobart Hurricanes in the 2017/18 Big Bash League in Australia where he nipped out 16 wickets in 12 matches.

However, the Barbados-born fast bowler was ruled out of the third edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) owing to a side strain. He was being drafted in by the Sarfraz Ahmed-led Quetta Gladiators. Prior to that, he was roped in by the Rajasthan Royals for a whopping INR 7.2 crores in the auction of the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) in Bangalore.

“Just want to perform”- Archer

Meanwhile, the all-round cricketer hailed the domestic league as among the best in the world. “It is life-changing. It’s probably the biggest T20 competition outside of international cricket, and I can’t play international cricket at the moment, so it’s probably going to be the biggest challenge of my life so far. I just want to perform as well as I did in the Big Bash and take that form back to Sussex.” Archer was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.

Jofra Archer was introduced to the Sussex franchise by Chris Jordan, another Barbados-born English all-rounder. However, he won’t be eligible to play for England till the winter of 2022. The all-rounder needs to spend 210 days a year in England, which will legitimize his residency in England and subsequently, can represent the national team.

“[My priorities] won’t change. I think Test cricket is the reason I tried to become a pro, I just hope that the time flies. If it is that I have to wait until 2022, I’m much happier doing what I’ve done this winter and seeing new places, so either way I’m not fussed about waiting.” he added.

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