England all-rounder Ben Stokes said it had been weird to ascertain Virat Kohli talking about the dimensions of the Edgbaston cricket ground after India's 31-run defeat to England during a World Cup 2019 encounter in Birmingham.
In his book 'Ben Stokes on Fire', the planet Cup-winning all-rounder has discussed a good range of subjects and has focussed tons on their journey from 2015 World Cup disappointment to making history reception in 2019.
Stressing that he was surprised to listen to Virat Kohli 'whinge' about the size of the Edgbaston cricket ground after India did not chase 338, Ben Stokes said it had been the 'worst complaint' one could make as a captain.
"... it had been weird to listen to India captain Kohli whingeing about the dimensions of the boundaries at the post-match presentation ceremony. I even have never heard such a bizarre complaint after a match. It's actually the worst complaint you'll ever make," Ben Stokes wrote in his book.
India were unbeaten in World Cup 2019 until they met hosts England in their 7th match of the tournament. it had been a must-win encounter for England who had headed into the encounter on the rear of defeats to Sri Lanka and Australia.
After winning the toss and opting to bat, England posted a mammoth 337 on a flat deck at Edgbaston. Johnny Bairstow led the show with a 109-ball 111 and Ben Stokes chipped in with a 54-ball 79.
In reply, India got off to a horror start, losing opener KL Rahul early. However, Rohit Sharma and captain Virat Kohli added 138 runs for the 2nd wicket. Rohit made 102 and Kohli 66 but none of them were ready to take the team past the finishing line .
While Hardik Pandya hit a quickfire 45, MS Dhoni was criticised for his approach towards the top of the chase. Dhoni made a 31-ball 42 but lacked the firepower when the team needed him to try to to the finishing job. India managed 306 with 5 wickets in hand in their 50-over quota.
Speaking after the match, skipper Virat Kohli said how smaller boundaries at Edgbaston made it difficult for the Indian spinners.
"The toss was vital, especially watching the boundaries that are this short. Bizarre that it just falls in situ with the boundary limitations and with a flat pitch like this. It's crazy that things fall in situ like that randomly. it is the first time we are experiencing this," Kohli had said.
"If batsmen are ready to reverse sweep, sweep you for a six on a 59-meter boundary you cannot do very much like a spinner. that they had to be smarter with their lines because it was difficult to contain runs with one short boundary."
'Never thought i might cry on a cricket field'
Meanwhile, Ben Stokes also recalled his emotions after the planet Cup 2019 win, saying he was proved wrong for thinking he would never cry on a cricket field.
England had a roller-coaster ride in World Cup 2019 as they qualified for the ultimate despite losing 3 matches within the group stages. There was many drama within the final against New Zealand which visited an excellent Over. England were declared winners supported a now-defunct boundary-count rule after scores were tied within the Super Over.
"There was no room for manoeuvre now. Defeat to Australia had simplified the equation. To win the planet Cup from here, we had to beat both India at Edgbaston and New Zealand at my Durham base of Chester- le- Street.
"I never thought i might cry on a cricket field. Now I had done it two or maybe 3 times within the space of 5 minutes. i could not have cared less, of course," Stokes wrote.