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Those were dark times: Archer opens up on his back injury lay-off as teenager
 
New Delhi, May 13 (PTI) World Cup-winning England pace sensation Jofra Archer has opened up on his chronic 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.

"Those were dark times to be honest, I spent two years out of cricket," the pacer said in a Rajasthan Royals Podcast.

"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 trialling and hoping to get a chance.

"And then a lot of people don't take chances on guys who are a little bit older," he added.

Archer, who bowled the Super Over which won England the World Cup last year, said he was a "bit down" when doctors told him that he might not play again.

"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," he said.

"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."

The 25-year-old is currently one of the most sensational fast bowlers in international cricket, having also played a significant role in England drawing the Ashes last year.

It was his impressive debut at the 2018 IPL, which expedited his entry to the England team.

However, Archer said he thought he won't get to play any game in the T20 tournament as till then, he hadn't turned up for England and lacked international exposure.

The Barbados-born pacer was bought by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 7.2 crore in the 2018 IPL auction.

"I watched it but I remember before I told Chrsi 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," he said.

Archer ended up snapping 15 wickets after playing 10 matches in his debut season.

"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'...," he said.

"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."

Archer gave displayed his batting skills too during the 2019 IPL when he remained not out on 27 off just 12 balls and added crucial 44 runs with Riyan Parag to help Rajasthan Royals snatch a thrilling three-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens.

Archer said the innings contributed a lot to his batting.

"...when me 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 said.


Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara contracts COVID-19
Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer fined Rs 12 lakh for slow over-rate
Serena Williams pulls out of French Open with hurt Achilles
IPL 2020: SRH beat DC by 15 runs runs, register 1st win of season
Djokovic drops only 5 games
IPL 2020: RCB beat MI in Super over
Gill hails Cummins' superb comeback against SRH
Warner hits out at SRH's poor middle-order approach
IPL 2020: KKR beat SRH by 7 wickets
RCB skipper Kohli fined Rs 12 lakh for slow over-rate
Dynamo, Olympiakos win 1st legs of CL qualifying playoffs
Luis Su rez moves from Barcelona to Atl tico Madrid
Takes lot out of you to play long innings in these conditions: Rohit Sharma
IPL 2020: MI beat KKR by 49 runs
Zimbabwe cricket team get govt's approval for Pakistan tour
Samson hits CSK out of park as Royals start IPL with 16-run win
Djokovic wins record 36th Masters title in Rome
It really hurts to not close off game against Capitals: Agarwal
Chennaiyin FC ropes in Bosnian central defender Enes Sipovic
Hope the youngsters translate their talent into performance: Warner
KERALA NEWS
Kerala reports 7354 new COVID-19 cases,22 deaths
 Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala on Tuesday again registered a spike in new COVID-19 cases reporting 7,354  
COVID-19 tally in Kerala racing towards 1.50 lakh mark
Take steps to attach properties of pvt financial institution; HC to govt
Kerala logs single-day highest spike of 3,830 COVID-19 cases
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Maldives thanks India for $250 million support amid COVID-19 pandemic
 United Nations, Sep 30 (PTI) The Maldives has thanked India for the financial assistance of USD 250
Pak opens all educational institutions, six months after closure due to COVID-19
Trump urges supporters to watch ballots very carefully
Tensions mount as Armenia, Azerbaijan continue fighting
NATIONAL NEWS
Waiting eagerly for CBI probe outcome in Sushant case:Minister
 Mumbai, Sep 29 (PTI) Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Tuesday sought to know what happened
NHRC notice to UP govt, state police chief over gang rape of Dalit woman
Cong will celebrate Diwali with people after bypolls: Kamal Nath
Amnesty International halts operations in India
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