Jofra Archer had an awesome year in 2019. The England fast bowler played a crucial role and burst onto the scene in Test cricket in the Ashes.
Interestingly, the Over was bowled by Archer in the 2019 World Cup’s final against New Zealand. The Kiwis batted first and were limited to 249/8. Archer chose one wicket while Liam Plunkett and Chris Woakes took three. The pacer says that he believed the group would cruise to the total but it wasn’t to be.
“I thought we had been in great form with the bat and I believed we were going to escape to the total, we got to enjoy five wickets down and the majority of the dressing area, I would not say we were panicking, but we were a little bit nervous,” said Archer while speaking to spin adviser Ish Sodhi about the podcast hosted by his own Indian Premier League side Rajasthan Royals.
“A final has its own pair of nerves that come with it, simply as it is closing, you do not even have to touch a ball or hold a bat to get nervous. Especially when it’s in Lord’s and it is packed, the sun is out and everybody is watching, all eyes are on you.”
England’s mighty batting line-up, however, was given a tough time from the Kiwi bowling strike. Matt Henry and Colin de Grandhomme starved the batsmen for runs while Lockie Ferguson and Jimmy Neesham took three wickets each.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes motivated a comeback and the scores were tied at the end of their 50 overs.
“We never imagined that it would have gone the way it did. I didn’t even imagine I went bowling which lasts over! However, it occurred and we came out on the side. New Zealand played really well and bowled very well in that tournament,” said Archer.
Archer could have been now in the thick of the 2020 IPL season with the Rajasthan Royals had it not been for the pandemic. He explained that he hopes he can help the young fast bowlers in the group regardless of what happens out.
“Well, I just hope no matter what occurs (using the IPL) I am still able to provide them support. When you’re young and bowling quickly, you still need to look after your bowling, you want to recover nicely and you have to prepare well because then you might be doing it for just a few games and get hurt, you might get tired or get out of form,” he explained.