Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) medium pacer, Sandeep Sharma, on Saturday (October 31) became the bowler to dismiss Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli the most number of times in the history of IPL.
Sandeep getting Kohli out caught for just 7 in the outfield through his spell of 2/20 was the seventh instance of SRH quick seeing the back of inarguably the world's best batsman in IPL.
What made his achievement even more special is the fact that it came in his team's all-important five-wicket victory, which keeps SRH's playoff hopes alive.
Sandeep himself was elated with the feat, which puts him in an elite bracket alongside Zaheer Khan. They now share the record to dismiss a particular batsman most frequently in IPL. Zaheer had got MS Dhoni out on seven occasions as well.
“Kohli is one of the greatest batsmen this sport has seen. To get him out is always special," said Sandeep at the post-match press conference, as quoted by PTI.
On his overall performance, he added: "I bowled wicket to wicket as much as possible and also with variations. It was swinging nicely as it has got cooler over here. Our plan came off nicely."
"I bowled the first over. I have the responsibility to read the pitch as soon as possible and pass on the message to other bowlers. I have been taking that responsibility."
Not one with great speed to push batsmen back or be able to consistently nail his yorkers, Sandeep said he has been working on his knuckle balls.
"I have been bowling knuckle balls and getting big help from Jonny Bairstow, who is helping me add deliveries and how I can go about my business. We are now finding our momentum and we are excited about the next game," he said.
With a new-found momentum and their net run-rate significantly better than some of the other sides, SRH only have to win their last game to make it through to the playoffs. But the task won't be easy at all as they face defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) in Sharjah on Tuesday (November 3).