Ben Stokes has recalled the time Virat Kohli complained during India’s ODI World Cup loss to eventual winners England over the size of the boundaries.
England defeated India in the group phase of the 2019 ODI World Cup at Edgbaston, but Kohli was less than impressed with the dimensions of the field.
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In a post-match press conference the Indian captain slammed the boundary length.
"The toss was vital, especially looking at the boundaries that are this short. Bizarre that it just falls in place with the boundary limitations and with a flat pitch such as this,” he said.
“It's crazy that things fall in place like that randomly. It's the first time we are experiencing this.
"If batsmen are able to reverse sweep, sweep you for a six on a 59-metre boundary you can't do much as a spinner. They had to be smarter with their lines as it was difficult to contain runs with one short boundary.”
Stokes takes aim at Kohli in book
But it has come to light the Wisden Cricketer of the Year hit out at the Indian skipper in his book ‘Ben Stokes on Fire’, revealing Kohli’s complaint about the size of the boundaries was ‘bizarre’.
“It was weird to hear India captain Kohli whingeing about the size of the boundaries at the post-match presentation ceremony,” he wrote.
“I have never heard such a bizarre complaint after a match.
“It’s actually the worst complaint you could ever make.”
India went on to top the group stage with seven wins from nine, but loss to New Zealand in the group stage.
England went on to lift the trophy after a thrilling super over against New Zealand in the final.