Archer makes any team better: Stokes
England all-rounder Ben Stokes is a big fan of bowling all-rounder Jofra Archer and labelled him as the most naturally gifted bowler.
The Barbados all-rounder is still in a quite complicated situation and is still uncertain where he will end up playing. According to reports, Archer has a chance to make it to the World Cup squad of England, but the chance is very minimal.
Meanwhile, the all-rounder is shining with Rajasthan Royals in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) and his team-mate Ben Stokes had words full of praise for the youngster,
“Jofra makes any team better. He is the most naturally gifted bowler I’ve seen and I don’t think he quite realises how good he is. Some of the things he can do at the click of a finger are just ‘wow’. It’s pretty special to watch.”
“To have someone at the pace he bowls and the skills he has … the selectors are going to be scratching their heads. It’s a tough question but it’s a great position to be in as an England team when you’ve got a player with the skill level Jofra’s got,” Stokes said.
Another Englishman Jos Buttler, who is also on the same IPL side believes Archer is an X-factor bowler.
“One of the strengths of this side over the last few years hasn’t been just 11 guys, but a strong squad of 15 even 19 players who have been driving competition within the side. There has been an improvement in individual and team performances. And Jofra is another guy who adds to that.”
“He is an X-factor bowler. He has shown around the world that he enjoys the limelight and the big moments. He just adds to the conversation for the selectors. I’m sure Jofra is that good that his name will be in the hat. It’s nice problem for the selectors to have,” Buttler said.
Can Archer make it to the World Cup squad? Only time can say that now and we are not too far away from knowing it.