Jofra Archer must have the world at his feet at the moment after his fabulous Super Over under immense pressure which won England the World Cup 2019 vs New Zealand on Sunday at Lord’s. But for his father Frank, this is just the beginning for his immensely talented son as he sees him making huge strides in the game, going forward.
Even though the world watched with bated breath as Jofra Archer bowled the Super Over, according to Frank, his son was destined to deliver the goods when it mattered. Frank also believes that Jofra’s success will spur others to take up cricket as a career in a country where the sport is largely seen as being ‘elitist’.
“I told Jofra that he will become the Michael Jordan of cricket. His involvement with cricket will bring in people from all backgrounds right across social, economic and cultural factors.
“Cricket for a while has been viewed by some as elitist but Jofra will show people that you can have a career and a nice life from cricket. You don’t have to be middle class or have airs and graces as long as you’re willing to put in the hard work, you can achieve. He is an inspiration,” Frank told website Liverpoolecho.
Dwelling on the emotions which he went through during the critical Super Over, Frank said that when Jimmy Neesham heaved Archer for a six, it made everyone nervous but Archer did well to hold his nerve as ‘great players do’.
“The six made everybody a bit nervous. But he held his nerve and that’s what great players do. Credit to the skipper, Eoin Morgan, for entrusting him with that there was a lot riding on it and he repaid the faith. And the thing is, his story will get better. This is the Jofra Archer show, and it’s just started,” said Frank.
Frank also insists that the day is not far when Jofra will be considered a genuine all-rounder as ‘he can bat’.
“Man, he can bat. If you’d seen any of his club teams when he comes out the opposition say this guy’s a number 8 batsman?’ His main job is bowling, but one day there will be a story of him coming out and winning a game with the bat,” concluded Frank Archer.