Former England captain Kevin Pietersen congratulated Team India for inflicting a 317-run mauling of the Joe Root-led unit while at the same time, he also proceeded to take a dig at England’s rotational policy.
Following a shock 227-run defeat in the last Test, Team India came roaring back in the second game where they completely outplayed England in all three departments on a raging turner in Chennai.
Despite winning the last Test by a comprehensive margin of 227 runs, England stuck to their rotation policy and made as many as four changes to their playing 11 for the second Test.
James Anderson was rested despite his stellar performance in the second innings of the first Test while Jos Buttler went home as per the pre-series agreement.
Kevin Pietersen has been vocal against England’s policy to rotate and rest key players like James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow during such an important Test series and so when the visitors endured a mauling in the second Test, the former English international took to his Twitter account to congratulate Team India for beating what he thinks was an ‘England B’ team.
As has been the norm throughout the series, Kevin Pietersen posted the tweet in Hindi, which read:
“Badhai ho india 🇮🇳,England B Ko harane ke liye 😉 (Congratulations India 🇮🇳, on beating the England B team)” tweeted KP.
Badhai ho india 🇮🇳,England B Ko harane ke liye 😉
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) February 16, 2021
Pietersen didn’t hold back following England’s heaviest Test defeat (by runs) in the subcontinent.
He went on to post another tweet where he wrote that it is difficult to show emotions for a side that does not pick its best players in a country that he termed as the hardest place to win a Test match.
“You don’t pick your best team in the hardest place to WIN a Test match, you actually cannot even show emotion to it,” Pietersen added.
Meanwhile, England has named a 17-men squad for the third Test against India. Moeen Ali will be returning home to rest while Jonny Bairstow and Mark Wood will join the squad.
The third Test will be a day-night affair in Ahmedabad, starting February 24.