I would've strangled South African groundsmen for being too kind to India: Geoffrey Boycott

Criticising the pitch curators for the Tests, former England Test player Geoffrey Boycott is surprised that hosts South Africa failed to whitewash India in the recently concluded two-match series.

updated: January 04, 2014 18:34 IST
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Noted commentator and former England batting great Geoffrey Boycott has slammed the pitches used for the recently concluded South Africa's home Tests against India at Johannesburg and Durban. Boycott, who has shared his residence since 2006 between Jersey and South Africa, has a lot of knowhow on the cricketing surfaces in the Rainbow Nation.

Boycott was perplexed that South Africa failed to beat India 2-0. "Well, South Africa should have beaten India 2-0. The thing is, these were dry, flat pitches. I've never seen them like that for years in South Africa," Boycott told ESPNCricinfo in his column. (Read: Overall series was fantastic, says MS Dhoni)

Such was his critique of the pitches at the Wanderers and Kingsmead that he goes on to say the groundsmen did India a favour by producing flat tracks at home. "Usually there's always a bit of pace and a bit of grass. I would have strangled the groundsmen if I were captain of South Africa. They were too kind to India," he said.

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