Former Indian stimulator Ashish Nehra praised England’s fast pitcher Jofra Archer after his exploits in the opening rounds of the current test against India in Chennai.
On a pitch that has been slow and where the edges have not worn, Jofra Archer not only played at a real pace, but he also obtained a disconcerting rebound from the surface.
This baffling rebound represented India’s first player Rohit Sharma in the opening innings.
World cricket is currently blessed with fast top bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah, Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada, Josh Hazlewood, Jofra Archer, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, Anrich Nortje, but according to Ashish Nehra, the England Barbados international , Jofra Archer is the most skilled stimulator among all the aforementioned names.
“Kagiso Rabada, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jasprit Bumrah are all amazing bowlers, but for me Jofra Archer is the most skillful fast bowler in world cricket. He has the rhythm; he has a stiff bouncer and the way he passes close to stumps, ”Nehra said,” Ashish Nehra said on Star Sports.
Nehra also pointed out the subtle variations, including the leg cut that Archer played in the first innings. He also added that the way he troubled Indian skipper Virat Kohli with short tricks on such a benign surface speaks volumes about his prodigious talent.
“The way he played the leg-cutter, if India had struck first he might not have received as much help from the pitch but he knows variation is needed. The way he threw the bouncer at Virat Kohli even on this ground shows the skills and abilities of this bowler, ”added Nehra.
Jofra Archer will be a real threat for Team India on the final day given the variable rebound the surface offers.
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