Former England batsmen Kevin Pietersen inspired his team by recalling his historic century in the famous 10-wicket win over the hosts in Mumbai in 2012. Pietersen scored a scintillating 186 on a turner and helped his team to get over the line easily. Joe Root’s men have been struggling to put up big scores on the Indian wickets and the cricket experts expect them to show more intent on these tough turning tracks
Joe Root started the tour exceedingly well with a double hundred on a flat pitch at Chennai and took his team to a 1-0 lead in the series. India staged a good comeback in the next two tests to knock out England from the hopes of making it to the World test championship finals. Zak Crawley was positive for the visitors in the last Test and will look to convert his half-century into a big one.
“I Defended Every Single Ball That Was Straight” – Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen explained the way he went about his business in the Indian turning tracks as he never failed to defend the straighter ones and was quite happy if he gets beaten on the outer edge. He stated that Ahmedabad wasn’t dangerous and opined England batsmen should have found a way to intimidate the bowler in scoring lengths. Axar Patel was brilliant with the ball as he the England batting lineup apart with an 11 wicket haul in the match.
“Go and have a look at a lot of the balls that were bowled in Mumbai. And guess what, I found a way and I defended every single ball that was straight. Every single ball that pitched and bounced and went over my shoulder, I parked it to one side and said ‘I’m never hitting that so who cares? Who cares if that goes through the top?’ he told TalkSport, as reported by the Daily Mail.
“Neither that pitch in Mumbai eight years ago nor the one in Ahmedabad were dangerous. No one was worried about getting hurt on Thursday. And who cares about the ball that pitches and goes straight to slip? You are not going to hit it. But find a way to intimidate the bowler,” Kevin Pietersen added.
Kevin Pietersen Questions England’s Strike Rotating Ability
Kevin Pietersen wasn’t happy with the way the England batsman fared out against spin and he wanted them to step down the track and hit it to mid on for a quick single to release out all the pressure. He referred to his innings in Mumbai which is portrayed as one of the greatest innings by a foreigner in India and added that he expects a lot more from a batsman like Joe Root who should be capable to adapt to different conditions.
“How many of the England batsmen came down the wicket and punched it to mid-off like Rohit Sharma did when he batted in the first innings? How many tried to rotate strike by using the crease, coming down the wicket? They were just sitting ducks waiting to get done.”
“Go and have a look at my innings that I played in Mumbai in 2012 on an absolute Bunsen burner. They say it’s the greatest innings played by a foreigner in India,” Kevin Pietersen further added.
“There are only two great Test match batsmen on show here: Virat Kohli and Joe Root. There are some very good players in the rest of the batting line-up. But on that kind of wicket, when it’s going to be testing your skill and your technique and your resolve, you need better players and better players would have been able to adapt at some stage,” he signed off.
The fourth Test between India and England on 4th March at the new stadium in Ahmedabad.