Pietersen should have been given out: Boycott

England batsman Kevin Pietersen should have been given out before he hit his unbeaten double century in the ongoing first Test against India, says Geoffrey Boycott.

Pietersen, who made unbeaten 202, should have been given out caught at leg slip when he was on 49 as Rauf had a clear view of the catch but it was referred to the third umpire.

Geoffrey Boycott said, “The only blot on the day was the poor decision by the square leg umpire, Asad Rauf, when he should have given Pietersen out caught at leg slip when he was on 49.”

“He had an uninterrupted clear view from 20 yards away and chickened out of making the correct decision. Anybody who works in television will tell you that low catches will always look if the ball has bounced before being caught.”

“Batsmen throughout the game know that if a low catch is referred to television umpire there is every chance they will get away with it. I don’t blame the batsman for standing. I blame the umpire for not having the courage of his convictions and making the decision without television.”

Boycott also criticised India’s bowling performance in the absence of an injured Zaheer Khan.

“It is not Pietersen’s fault that India were one bowler short and their other bowling wasn’t special. Harbhajan Singh made no impact whatsoever, Ishant Sharma tried his best but his inexperience and inability to put the ball in awkward areas showed up time and again.”

“Praveen Kumar is military medium but swung the ball and fully deserved his successful haul of five wickets which shows that in Test cricket, provided you move the ball off straight and narrow, you have a chance of getting people out.”

“But with this bowling line up you wonder how the hell India are going to take England wickets without Zaheer Khan. Even more so, you wonder how they got to number one in the world,” he added.

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