The Indian Spinners Are Bloody Good: Kevin Pietersen

The Indian Spinners Are Bloody Good: Kevin Pietersen

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

Former England batting mainstay Kevin Pietersen could not stop praising India’s spinner as they were once again clinical on the opening day of the fourth Test against England in Ahmedabad. India picked three spinners for the final Test and they did the majority of the damage, leaving England with only 205 runs on the board. England finished way below the total Kevin Pietersen predicted.

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India’s three spinners in Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Washington Sundar shared eight wickets to limit the visitors to 205. Axar Patel, the left-arm spinner, was once again the pick of the bowlers as he plucked four scalps, including the openers. At close, India stayed at 24-1 in 12 overs with Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara at the crease. James Anderson, who delivered five consecutive maidens, dismissed Shubman Gill.

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Axar Patel claimed 4 wickets [Image-BCCI]
Kevin Pietersen took to his official Twitter handle and wrote, “The Indian spinners are bloody good”. While Axar took the maximum wickets, Ravichandran Ashwin and Washington Sundar also played a crucial role from their end. Ashwin broke the threatening 45-run stand between Ollie Pope and Dan Lawrence by getting rid of the former. On the other hand, Washington Sundar removed Ben Stokes, who top-scored with 55.

Kevin Pietersen forecasted for England to reach 275:

Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen (Credits: Getty)

Before praising India’s spinners, Kevin Pietersen predicted that with the pitch being flat and the tourists having Dan Lawrence, Ollie Pope, and Ben Foakes in their ranks, they could reach 275. Unfortunately, the Englishmen collapsed after a gritty 45-run partnership between Ollie Pope and Dan Lawrence.

Ben Foakes perished for a single from 12 deliveries. Lawrence played exceptionally well for his 46 runs off 74 balls, consisting of eight boundaries. He needlessly danced down the track against Axar Patel as Rishabh Pant completed an easy stumping. Instead, he had to bat maturely with the tailenders to keep England on track for at least 240.