Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Jofra Archer Sets Sights On Virat Kohli After Sealing England World Cup Spot


Virat Kohli’s wicket will be something that every opposition bowler in the World Cup 2019 would be targetting and Joffra Archer is no different. The fast bowler, who will be featuring in his maiden World Cup, has set his sights on Virat Kohli’s prized wicket at the World Cup 2019. The Barbados-born fast bowler, by his own admission, is gunning to dismiss Virat Kohli at the World Cup 2019 as he failed to get rid of the India skipper in the recently-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.

Archer was named in England’s final World Cup squad on Tuesday morning, just three weeks after making his international debut. The Barbados-born 24-year-old now hopes to help England lift the World Cup, and says he also has an eye on India captain Kohli – considered the best player of his generation – and West Indies batsman Gayle, who will retire from ODIs following the tournament.

“I’d quite like to get Virat Kohli out because I wasn’t able to in the IPL,” Archer told Sky Sports.

“Chris Gayle as well,” added Archer, mentioning the big-hitting West Indies batsman.

Archer was an automatic pick in England’s World Cup squad despite his limited experience playing international cricket. The Sussex star received the call from national selector Ed Smith on Monday evening and believes he is ready to make an impact at the World Cup.

“I got the call from Ed yesterday. It was really, really exciting to know that I’ll be part of a big summer for English cricket,” Archer said.

“I think I’m ready. I’ve played a lot of cricket around the world so I know how to deal with pressure. Everyone has welcomed me with open arms. It’s a great team to be part of, with a great captain, great players and a great support staff,” he added.

And for all his lack of England experience, Archer believes the time he has spent in the IPL has been good preparation for the pressure of a World Cup.

“I think I probably have a bigger advantage over some of the other guys in our team. We play (these guys) twice a (season) in the IPL, so you know their weaknesses, you know their strengths, you know if they can’t run between the wickets… it gets you an extra bit of inside information,” Archer said.

“To be honest, I think international cricket is probably the same intensity as the IPL. I think the only thing that changes is the amount of overs (the IPL is a Twenty20 competition),” he added.

England, who beat Pakistan 4-0 in the recent ODI series, face Australia in a World Cup warm-up match on Saturday. Eoin Morgan’s side then kick off their World Cup campaign against South Africa at The Oval on May 30.


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