IPL 2020: Tendulkar praises Archer, enjoys battle with Warner
After Nasser Hussain, this time India legend Sachin Tendulkar has praised Jofra Archer. He is relieved to see the perfect line-length fast bowling of the English pacer who made David Warner his ‘bunny’. According to Indian batting legend, the Australian opener had been helpless against Archer so far.
Archer got the wicket of Sunrisers Hyderabad’s captain twice in the current edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He has dismissed Warner six times in seven appearances this year. The left-arm batsman has returned in Archer’s bowling seven times in 11 matches in international cricket.
In a video message on Twitter on Sunday, Tendulkar expressed his fascination with Archer.
“Warner can’t do much, he has to stay here (in his position) and then adjust the movement, whatever happens off the wicket, with his hands.
“What I have seen in Jofra is he has looked to get wickets. He is aggressive upfront, he has done his warm-ups and the first over you get to see is 148, 150 152 (on the speed gun).
“He is bowling at good pace and he is getting batters out, they are not looking to slog and they are losing their wickets. He is actually getting them out. He has been remarkable, the aggression that I have seen in his bowling has been incredible, such a treat to watch. It’s a joy to watch. A fast bowler charging in, hitting the deck hard… he is bowling those good steep bouncers, they are not short, they are just off the length.”
In Archer’s bowling against Warner, Tendulkar has seen the impressions of this pacer’s great intelligence and skill.
“He’s bowling off middle-stump and taking the ball away from him off the pitch. When Warner sees the ball, it’s in line, and then the ball leaves him. When it’s in the line, he cannot cut, and because the ball is leaving him, he cannot flick either. So he has to play in the same position and if the ball swings a little more, his hands are sometimes going away from his body,” the 47-year old Tendulkar said.