Jofra Archer performs under pressure, hence chose him to bowl the 2019 World Cup final Super Over: Eoin Morgan

Archer held his nerve and took the Brits to their maiden 50-overs World Cup glory.

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Archer held his nerve and took the Brits to their maiden 50-overs World Cup glory.
Jofra Archer. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Jofra Archer made his debut for England in the bilateral series against Pakistan after which he found himself in the national squad for the 2019 World Cup. Throughout the tournament, he spewed venom, but his biggest challenge came in the final against New Zealand at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. He was entrusted to bowl the Super Over and he helped the Brits get past the finishing line.

Though James Neesham smashed him for a six, Archer made sure that he didn’t allow the Kiwis to win the World Cup. Eoin Morgan, who was the England skipper in the epic clash at the Home of Cricket, said that he didn’t have much doubts in choosing Jofra for the over.

Morgan said that having played in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Big Bash League (BBL), Archer has learned the art of holding nerves under pressure. The southpaw expressed his opinions during a chat with Ian Bishop and Nasser Hussain on ICC podcast titled ‘CWC Rewind’.

Jofra Archer has thrived to perform under pressure, says Morgan

“I think the obvious answer to choosing Jofra to bowl the super over is that he is one of the best death bowlers in the world. Guys are exposed to perform under high-pressure situations and Jofra has proved at the IPL, Big Bash that he can deliver under pressure,” Morgan was quoted as saying.

“He had played only a dozen of ODI games at that stage, every challenge he had come under, he had thrived to perform in such situations,” he stated.

Morgan also explained why the Brits chose Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes for the one-over eliminator. “The last couple of balls in the 50-over action, me and Trevor had discussed as to what we will do if the match goes to super over. The wicket was so hard to middle the ball for the batsmen, so we thought Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes were the best batsmen to send to the middle,” Morgan added.

After the scores in the mandatory 50 overs were tied, the Super Over couldn’t separate the two teams either. In the end, the Three Lions edged past the Kiwis on account of hitting more boundaries.

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