Michael Holding Understate Ben Stokes remarks, draws parallels with 1992 World Cup
Former West Indies player Michael Holding has minimised the furore caused by England’s off-road commentary Ben Stokes regarding the 2019 World Cup match between eventual champions and India.
Stokes had published a book entitled ‘On Fire’ where he questioned the Tactics of the Indian team in a match against England.
According to Stokes, the way they played starter Rohit Sharma and Captain Virat Kohli was disconcerting and at the same time said that wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni showed no intention of winning the game.
It should be noted that if India had defeated England, it would have increased the chances of Pakistan entering the semi-finals of the event.
Speaking of the same matter, Holding dismissed the notion that India lost the party on purpose.
“Because of the political situation between Pakistan and India, people will think everything is political and India needed to make sure Pakistan didn’t get past [the semi-finals]. That takes him to another level,” Holding said on his official YouTube channel, Mikey, without retaining anything.
“If it’s just a cricket match and you say oh, you want advantage and you can easily beat the West Indies from what you can beat New Zealand.” It will cause a furore, but it won’t be as big as the one caused by political tensions between Pakistan and India,” he added.
He also reminded people of the triumphant 1992 World Cup campaign in Pakistan as he talked about how teams manipulate playing conditions.
“We can look back at the 1992 World Cup, where New Zealand lost to Pakistan, which meant that Australia was eliminated. Then you find out that such things happen all the time, ” he said. “When teams have the opportunity to manipulate the playing conditions or rules for their best, they will.”
Sharma hit 102 but India failed to reach its 338-runs goal in the 31-runs loss at Edgbaston.
Kohli’s team seemed able to make a record World Cup chase in 198 for two of 36 overs, only to lose the plot in the last 10 overs.
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