'Kohli's decision to bowl first can't be criticised'
The Pioneer , Jun 20, 2017
Despite believing Australia would have bowled first after winning the toss, former Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist defended Virat Kohli's decision to bat first.
Gilchrist felt most of the game are won chasing in Sunday's concluded ICC Champions Trophy, referring to the fact that Team India are more comfortable while chasing and lost their only group match before the finals where they were defending a total.
"Most of the games are won while chasing, like it happened in this tournament, you can't really criticise the decision to bowl, said Gilchrist. "India are very comfortable chasing and have done well chasing. You cannot criticise them for that decision. Fakhar Zaman was caught off a no ball, else it could have been a different game."
Gilchrist, who serves as the Australia's education ambassador to India and was on his way to India for the Australia-India sports meet at the FICCI auditorium here, could only watch the toss of the match before boarding his flight to India.
The former Australian keeper felt Team India are competitive enough and have nothing to prove and were outdone by a flawless Pakistan on the day. "Pakistan played what seems to be a perfect game of cricket. India had a very impressive tournament, just got caught out on the big final day. That can happen…. This Indian team is a very good team, very competitive and did well to reach the final," said the Aussie legend.
Gilchrist further appreciated Pakistan for their unpredictability. "The only predictable thing about Pakistan cricket is that they are unpredictable. We shouldn't be surprised by what happened. It is like the West Indies winning World T20 despite their issues with the cricket board. It is certainly a positive story for cricket."