Geoffrey Boycott has told England’s batsmen to learn from Virat Kohli when it comes to batting on spin-friendly pitches.
England were twice dismissed badly on Chennai pitch which is spin-friendly & as result India won the second test by a huge margin of 317 runs on Tuesday to level the four match test series by 1-1. Even though pitches around the world are different due to the differences in climate, Boycott said that England could use Indian conditions in their favor especially if they understood how well Kohli batted in India’s first innings followed with second innings total of 62 runs.
“The great thing about Indian pitches is that they are not fast,” former England opener Boycott wrote in his Daily Telegraph column. “You have time to adjust and pick your shots.”
Boycott, a renowned defensive batsman during a Test career that lasted from the mid-1960s to the early 1980s, added: “Look at how Virat Kohli batted in the second innings when the pitch was bad. He used the odd sweep shot but stuck to the basics and batted superbly.”
“Virat defended with determination, his footwork was superb and at all times he was careful and watchful. His judgment of length was exceptional and his shot execution equally impressive. He showed that it is possible to bat properly,” insisted Boycott, who criticized England’s batsmen for trying to hit against the spin.
“The great thing about Indian pitches is that they are not fast,” former England opener Boycott wrote in his Daily Telegraph column. “You have time to adjust and pick your shots.” Meanwhile Boycott was glad that Joe Root’s squad did not whinge about the pitch”, adding criticism of a surface after England defeat “sounds like sour grapes”.
“Nothing in the laws of cricket says the pitch should be flat for batsmen,” Boycott said. “Every pitch in India spins. It is just a question of when and how much it turns.” The third test is scheduled to start in Ahmedabad from coming Wednesday i.e. February 24.