England pacer Jofra Archer is elated to watch the ‘dangerous’ Virat Kohli getting dismissed cheaply on this current tour of India. On Friday, in Ahmedabad, the Indian skipper was dismissed for a 5-ball duck off the bowling of Adil Rashid as the right-hander tried to smash the leg-spinner over mid-off but was caught by Chris Jordan.
Kohli was dismissed twice on duck in the Test series as well. Before Kohli’s false shot to Rashid, it was indeed Jofra Archer who choked him with 4 consecutive dot balls in his first over, which was a wicket maiden including the scalp of KL Rahul.
Archer and the English team are satisfied as their plan came off. He opines that Kohli’s getting out for a duck thrice in a space of a few matches could dispirit the mood in the Indian dressing room.
“I love to see it when a plan comes off. Rash is a world-class bowler and he can bowl anywhere. Kohli is obviously a dangerous batter and to see the back of him early so many times is a real bonus. I think it probably might have dampened their camp a little bit,” Archer said in the post-match press conference.
Don’t think we can get ahead of ourselves as yet: Jofra Archer
Apart from Shreyas Iyer, who got himself going for a while with a half-century, no Indian batsman provided any significant contributions against the pace of England bowlers. A target of 125 was chased down comfortably by England’s top-order as they take a lead in the series with an 8-wicket win.
However, despite outplaying India completely, Jofra Archer, who took a couple of more wickets of Hardik Pandya and Shardul Thakur derailing the late assault, reckons they can’t breathe easy. The 25-year-old asserts that India are on the top side in the world and do know how to make comebacks.
“It was just the first game of the series. There are still four more games to go. They are number two in the world for a reason. So I don’t think we can get ahead of ourselves as yet. But it was a good win; we enjoyed it,” Archer, who was Man of the Match added.