"Sachin used to do that....."- Irfan Pathan's massive praise for Virat Kohli on his battle with Jofra Archer 

"Sachin used to do that....."- Irfan Pathan's massive praise for Virat Kohli on his battle with Jofra Archer 
The fifth match of the Indian Premier League saw some glimpses of vintage Virat Kohli. Royal Challengers Bangalore locked horns with Mumbai Indians at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Bangalore. It was also the first game for RCB on their home ground since 2020.

It was also the return of English pacer Jofra Archer to the IPL after three years. But the English pacer couldn't deliver as per expectations. He made his debut for the four-time champion Mumbai Indians and had an unforgettable outing.

The game saw a jaw-dropping face-off between Virat and Archer, with the former RCB skipper winning it comprehensively. Archer bowled 17 of his 24-ball spell to Virat, in which the former RCB skipper scored 28 runs at an impressive strike rate of 165.

It was also the most runs scored against Archer by a batter in a single T20 game. Virat didn't hold and went after the English speedster from the very first over, which caught the eyes of many former cricketers and fans. As a result, many lauded the strategy of the former RCB captain.

Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan was also one of them and lavished praise on Virat's onslaught against Archer. In a discussion on Star Sports, Irfan compared Virat with Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar and said that every great player used to target the best bowler of the opposition.

Irfan said, "Great players do that. Sachin Tendulkar used to do that against big bowlers like Glenn McGrath or Shane Warne. Virat Kohli is also a player of same stature. So, he says that he will try to do even better when confronted with a challenge."

Pathan indicated that Archer wasn't able to do anything, and it was Virat who won the battle. He said, "Archer was turning back as the ball was going beyond the boundary line." The match scenario could have been different if Archer had grabbed Virat's catch on the first ball of the third over.

The pacer dropped the former RCB skipper on his own bowling in his follow-through. Virat ended with an unbeaten 8 off 49 and saw RCB home with 22 balls to spare. Faf du Plessis also batted brilliantly for his 73 off 43.

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