Stokes hits out at Kohli
England’s World Cup winning all-rounder Ben Stokes has criticized Indian captain Virat Kohli in the context of the last ODI World Cup in his book ‘Ben Stokes on Fire’.
The match against India in the group stage of the 2019 World Cup was very important for England. The hosts were at stake after losing to Sri Lanka and Australia in two consecutive matches. Eoin Morgan’s side regained momentum in the 31-run win over India at Edgbaston Cricket Ground.
England batted first in the match and made a mammoth total of 337 runs with the help of Jonny Bairstow’s century. Ben Stokes also played a devastating innings of 79 off 54 balls.
India lost Lokesh Rahul in the beginning to chase the target. Later, however, they were hopeful in Rohit Sharma’s century. But in the end, they lost the match. India’s innings was stuck at 306 runs.
After that match, Kohli made the blame for the small field. “The toss was very important,” he said. “Especially that the boundary here, is very small. This is the first time we have had such an experience. Where batsmen play a reverse sweep and hit sixes in the 59-meter boundary, spinners have nothing to do. They had to be very tactful with the bowling line, it was difficult to stop the run as there was a small boundary on one side.”
Kohli’s remarks sparked criticism in Stoke’s book. The English all-rounder thinks that the allegation made by the Indian captain about Edgbaston’s ground was the ‘worst complaint’ as a captain.
He wrote in his book, “It was strange to hear Indian captain Kohli whining about the small size of the boundary at the post-match awards ceremony. I have not heard such bizarre complaints after any match. There can be no worse complaint in life that this.”