LONDON: Former English batsman and cricket commentator Geoffrey Boycott slammed Indian captain Virat Kohli for putting Pakistan to bat first in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 tournament.
According to the Englishman, Virat Kohli dug his own grave when he made the choice to put Pakistan to bat first against India this Sunday.
“Why, for the love of God, would you offer the opposition first use of England’s best batting pitch, on a day when the sun was shining and there wasn’t a speck of cloud anywhere?” he wrote in a column.
Boycott said that no matter how much planning goes into a decision, the ultimate on-field call is that of the captain. According to Boycott, the captain alone has to answer for the results of a bad decision.
“It is he who must take the blame. By putting Pakistan in to bat, Virat Kohli allowed them to get on top, and dug India’s grave,” he wrote.