India vs England 4th Test – Kevin Pietersen Message for Joe Root: Kevin Pietersen is coming to India this week for Road Safety Series. Before boarding the flight, Pietersen known for straight talk had a simple message for England cricket team after they are ‘crying foul’ post losing 3rd test with-in two days. According to Pietersen, “England should stop moaning and whinging and start trying to hit some straight balls”
England were bowled out for 81 in their second innings and lost out the test by 10 wickets. This was the shortest ever completed test match since 1935. Since than England is crying foul on the state of the pitch and coach Chris Silverwood said on Friday he was considering making a formal complaint to the ICC.
In an interview to Daily Mail, Pietersen has completely rebuffed England’s claim and said it was not the pitch but England’s attitude, selection and strategy that led to their downfall.
‘if the head coach is going to moan and complain, that is as defeatist an attitude as I have ever heard of. He should wind his neck in. If you point your finger at someone else, four fingers point back at you and that’s what England need to remember.
‘If it was me after this Test match, as an England player I would say, “You know what, I played badly, I have got a week now to try and play and practise as best as I can so that we can try and win the next Test match. Because winning the next Test match and winning two Test matches in India and drawing the series is a damned good feat”.
‘Instead of the negative, defeatist attitude, instead of blaming the ICC, blaming the pitch, trying to get India deducted points, all the nonsense surrounding that, I would be thinking, “Fine, 21 of us missed straight balls, let me go and sort my defence out against the straight ball and the spinner”.
India vs England 4th Test: Pietersen said, England need to learn from Kohli and Rohit
According to Pietersen, England instead of complaining should simply admit they did not play well. Pietersen said that Joe Root’s team need to learn from Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma who straightforwardly admitted that batsman from both side did not play well.
Virat Kohli spoke about it. Rohit Sharma spoke about it. They both said both teams didn’t bat well. So be honest. You’re allowed to be honest as a sportsman.
‘How many of the guys got out to wickets where the ball bounced and turned and they nicked it to slip and it was unplayable? How many of those were there? I’ll tell you the answer. None. They all got out to straight balls. So work on your defence. Use your bat, play straight, defend straight, play late, bat like Joe Root. Pretty damn simple.’
India vs England 4th Test: Pietersen also questions ECB’s rotation policy
Pietersen in the interview also said he is completely shocked with England’s rotation policy. He said he was particularly perplexed by the decision not to have Moeen Ali available for the latter part of the series with India.
‘England have not taken their best team to India,’ he says. ‘I don’t think anyone apart from the people at the ECB agree with the rotation in a series of this magnitude.’
‘Goodness, Moeen Ali, do you not want to play India in India in four Test matches? And that’s what it comes down to. No one will remember what happened in Sri Lanka in 10 years’ time. I don’t even remember some of my Test hundreds but I remember the 186 I got in Mumbai. I remember winning the Ashes in Australia. I remember winning the World T20. I remember winning a series in India in 2012.’
The 4th Test Match of the series starts in Ahmedabad on 4th March and Pietersen is hoping that England players will listen to his advice of playing little straight instead of spending energies on complaining about the pitch.