After losing the match against England in ICC World Cup, India Captain Virat Kohli termed the shorter side of the Edgbaston boundary bizarre and crazy and also pointed out fingers at the dimensions of the ground which he believed helped England openers more at the start of the match.
However, Kohli did not directly refer the short 59-meter boundary on one side as one of the reasons behind India’s 31-run defeat to England.
Taking full advantage of the short 59-meter Edgbaston boundary, England openers Jonny Bairstow tackle the Indian wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. Bairstow put a blistering 160 run opening stand with Jason Roy (66) which always kept England ahead of the game.
Saying it a coincidence that the short boundary just falls under the limitations of the shortest boundary one can have in the tournament, Kohli said, “So quite bizarre on a flat pitch, it’s the first time we have experienced that so it’s crazy that things fall in place like that randomly.”
While saying about Kuldeep and Chahal who had troubles dealing with unnatural shorter side of the boundary, Kohli conceded that both could have been smarter with their lines but believed the short boundary made their job way tougher than it should have been.
The Indian captain, however, also admitted that his side was not clinical with the bat while chasing 338 for victory adding that they should have accelerated and gotten closer but England bowled superbly. He also said that if they were clinical with the bat and if the dismissals didn’t happen at that time, the result could have been different.