Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen took to his official Twitter account on Tuesday to remind the Indian fans about the warning that he had dished out to Virat Kohli’s Team India following their epic series triumph in Australia last month.
After India scripted a ‘come from behind’ series win in Australia, Kevin Pietersen had cautioned the Men in Blue to not go overboard with their celebrations as a challenge against a ‘real team’ in the form of England awaits them on home soil.
Pietersen’s words were proved to the hilt by the Joe Root-led England Cricket Team as they handed India a 227-run defeat in the opening Test of the four-match series at the M.A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai- a venue where India hadn’t lost a Test match since losing to Pakistan back in 1999. The 227-run hammering also happens to be India’s second defeat on home soil in 35 outings since January 2013 and their first since losing to Australia at Pune in 2017.
Just like the last time, Kevin Pietersen tweeted in Hindi which read:
”India , yaad hai maine pehele hi chetawani di thi ke itna jasn na manaye jab aapne Australia ko unke ghar pe haraya tha [India, remember, I had cautioned you against going overboard with your celebrations after your series win in Australia]” tweeted KP.
India , yaad hai maine pehele hi chetawani di thi ke itna jasn na manaye jab aapne Australia ko unke ghar pe haraya tha ?
— Kevin Pietersen? (@KP24) February 9, 2021
Coming to the Test match, India were completely outplayed by a buoyant England side in almost every department of the game right from the outset. After having lost a crucial toss on what turned out to be a flat surface on the first two days, the Indian bowling-unit was grounded into the dust by England.
Riding on a patient 87 by Dom Sibley, a masterly double-hundred by Joe Root and a counter-attacking knock by Ben Stokes, England buried India under a mountain of runs. With the pitch expected to play tricks in the third and fourth innings, India needed to bat well in their first essay, which unfortunately they didn’t.
Too many soft dismissals meant the home side were always up against it and it was really the counterattacking knocks from Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar that helped them post a respectable first-innings total. However, as it turned out, the hefty lead that India conceded came back to bite them on the final day as James Anderson’s masterclass in reverse-swing bowling and some pitiful batting sans Virat Kohli ensured that they were knocked over for 192, 227 adrift of the target.