It probably might have dampened their camp: Archer on Kohli’s lean run of form

Written by Vishwas Gupta

Reacting to India captain Virat Kohli’s poor vein of form, England pacer Jofra Archer has said that dismissing the “dangerous batsman” early on so many occasions has been a “real bonus” for his team.

Virat Kohli, who walked in to bat in the 2nd over of the 1st T20I in Ahmedabad on Friday, registered his first-ever consecutive duck in international cricket. In the 4-match Test series the 32-year-old had departed twice without opening his account.

Spinner Adil Rashid, bowling with new ball, dismissed Kohli after Chris Jordan took a good catch at mid-off.

“I love to see it when a plan comes off. Rash is a world-class bowler and he can bowl anywhere,” said Archer.

“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.

Jofra Archer was one of England’s many star performers in the match and did not concede a run from 16 of his 24 deliveries and got the best of KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya and Shardul Thakur along the way.

“I’m just glad to help in a win to be honest. When the competition’s tough you have to step up,” he said.

“It brings out the best in me. If get one or I get three, the way I bowl doesn’t change, it just depends on how your luck is at the time.”

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