IND vs ENG: Boycott mentioned England may use Indian situations to their benefit by studying from Kohli.© Twitter
Geoffrey Boycott has informed England to be taught from the instance of India captain Virat Kohli on the subject of batting on spin-friendly pitches. England had been twice dismissed cheaply on a Chennai pitch providing appreciable flip, as hosts India received the second Test by an enormous margin of 317 runs on Tuesday to level the four-match series at 1-1. Even although pitches all over the world have lengthy diversified due to variations in local weather, Boycott mentioned England may use Indian situations to their benefit — particularly in the event that they understood how Kohli adopted being bowled for nought by off-spinner Moeen Ali in India’s first innings with a second-innings 62.
“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 famend defensive batsman throughout a Test profession 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 judgement of length was exceptional and his shot execution equally impressive. He showed that it is possible to bat properly,” insisted Boycott, who criticised England’s batsmen for attempting to hit in opposition to the spin.
Meanwhile, Boycott was glad that Joe Root’s males “did not whinge about the pitch”, including criticism of a floor after an England defeat “sounds like sour grapes”.
“Nothing in the laws of cricket says the pitch should be flat for batsmen,” Boycott mentioned.
“Every pitch in India spins. It is just a question of when and how much it turns.”
The third Test in Ahmedabad begins subsequent Wednesday (February 24).
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