Cricket fans will know the test match to which I allude here.
It’s the summer of 1990 at Lord’s. England are playing India. Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin wins the toss and invites England to bat.
Captain and opening batsman Graham Gooch takes the Indian attack for 333 runs in an England first innings total of 653/4.
After the match Mohammad Azharuddin insisted that his decision to insert England was the right one. Even though Gooch hammered another 123 runs in his second innings and England won by some distance. When an opposition batsman hits 450-plus off your bowling, you’ve made a big mistake. You might not be keen to publicly admit it even though the rest of the world can see it’s a big mistake but it remains a big mistake nonetheless.