Jofra Archer opens up on his back injury lay-off as teenager in a Podcast
2019 World Cup-winning England paceman Jofra Archer has opened up on his back injury as a teenager, saying spending those two years on the sidelines were “dark times” as doctors feared he might not play cricket again. Archer had suffered the injury after making it to the West Indies U-19 level before his move to England in 2015.
Jofra Archer said in a Rajasthan Royals Podcast: Those were dark times to be honest, I spent two years out of cricket. You’re young and you want to play, you have got to make the most of your youth because before you know it, you’re 20, 21 or even 25 if you’re unlucky, and you’re still trialing and hoping to get a chance. And then a lot of people don’t take chances on guys who are a little bit older. It felt like I was missing out on my golden years. The doctor told me if he didn’t see improvement, he couldn’t even see me playing club cricket, so I remember leaving the office that day and I was a little bit down. But I decided to rest and if the pain subsided, I would give it another go. And if it doesn’t work then I will go back to university and take another path in life. But luckily for me I got to do what I really wanted to do in the end. I watched it but I remember before I told Chris Jordan that I probably won’t play a game because I haven’t played any international cricket. I told him I’ll probably get picked up at my base price and I’ll probably spend eight weeks in India and not play any cricket. When I saw the bidding start a few teams were going at it, and I was thinking ‘wow I’m actually going to get to go to India for sure’. In the end Rajasthan got me for a bit more than I thought they should have But I was still grateful regardless, and then in the next few months I ended up being in India. When I and Riyan brought the game home and I remember it was the last game we played before coming back to England and I remember just sitting on the plane buzzing because I actually got the chance to show what I can do.
He wrote in his daily mail column that: Playing in silence will take some getting used to, so it might be useful to play some music, some simulations of a crowd, something to create an atmosphere. The best solution, if we do have to play behind closed doors, might be to have cheers and clapping when someone hits a four or a wicket falls. These are the little things that will make it as normal as possible even though it won’t be a normal occasion