Kevin Pietersen, India, England
Kevin Pietersen. Image-Twitter.

Former captain, Kevin Pietersen opines that England needs to bat well and bat big in their first innings in the fourth Test against India if they want to stand a chance at winning the game.

England has not gone past 200 in their last five innings since their total of 578 in the first innings of the first Test, of which they emerged victoriously. Kevin Pietersen predicts that pitch for the last Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium will not be a batting beauty like the first Test, instead it would pose plenty of challenges for the batters, as has been in the last two Tests – hence, he advises Joe Root’s side to maximize whatever advantage they can get in the first innings.

England captain Joe Root Credits: BCCI
Joe Root, Ben Stokes. Credits: BCCI

“I don’t see the next pitch being a road, so if they can just bat really well in the first innings, they have a shot at levelling things up,” Kevin Pietersen wrote in his column for Betway.

Don’t want to point fingers at the young England batsmen: Kevin Pietersen

The 40-year-old asks the young batters in the team, such as Zak Crawley, Dom Sibley, Ollie Pope, and the benched Rory Burns, to not be disheartened with the troubles they have had against the likes of R Ashwin and Axar Patel as this is their first tour to India, and they have been presented with extreme spin-bowling favorable conditions – something they would have rarely faced in England or anywhere else in their short careers so far.

Ollie Pope of England (BCCI)
Ollie Pope of England (BCCI)

Instead, Kevin Pietersen, who was a significant contributor to England’s 2012 series victory in India, maintains that the players look forward to improving their batting, and have a shot at a historic win in Ahmedabad which will level the series.

“I don’t want to point fingers at the young England batsmen too much, because this is a testing tour for them. It’s their first trip of this magnitude to India and it’s a learning experience. These youngsters shouldn’t be beating themselves up, they should be remembering how cool it is that next week they have another opportunity to play a Test match in India.

“‘Can I do better? What can I work on over the next few days?’ They’ve still got a fantastic chance to walk away with a famous series draw,” the former batsman added.

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