Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer (Credits: Twitter)

Former Indian opener and one of the all-time greats, Virender Sehwag, has lauded English pacer Jofra Archer for his contribution to Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020). Sehwag has also said that he is happy and grateful about the fact that he doesn’t have to face Jofra Archer as Sehwag as retired from professional cricket.

Jofra Archer was once again on fire when he took to the field for Rajasthan Royals against SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Thursday. Defending a low total of 155 runs, Archer picked the deadly duo of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow in quick succession to put SunRisers Hyderabad under immense pressure. However, Hyderabad recovered from the early blows and won comfortably in the end by 8 wickets.

Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer. (Credits: IPL)

Virender Sehwag Lauds Jofra Archer

Speaking to Cricbuzz after the match, Virender Sehwag said, “I was a bit upset with David Warner as to how he approached Archer. Archer was the only deadly bowler Rajasthan had and if Warner would have played him a bit more sensibly, it wouldn’t have made a much difference. However, Jofra Archer is class apart.”

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag. Credits: PTI

“The delivery that Warner was dismissed on, was a beauty of a ball. Archer hammered it straight onto Warner’s body and no batsman in the world could have left that. Ben Stokes pulled off a brilliant catch in the end. The captain should also be praised as he kept two slips in a T20 game, which is quite a rare sight so Steve Smith also deserves a lot of praise,” Sehwag added.

I Am Happy That I Don’t Have To Face Archer: Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag further said, “Archer has taken a lot of wickets. Speed doesn’t matter. What matters the most is the line and length that forces batsmen to commit errors and Archer has been successful in doing that. He is clearly among the Most Valuable Players (MVPs) of IPL 2020. I am happy that I don’t have to face him as I have retired now.”

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag. Credits – Getty Images

On Thursday, SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) beat Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 8 wickets to win their 5th game of the season. After the win, SRH have gone on to capture the fifth spot in the IPL 2020 points table as the race for the playoffs intensifies with the IPL going into full swing in its last couple of weeks.