Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen believes that the current Indian side is slowly becoming the best team they have seen in the Test format. His comments came as Team India has been in great form in Test cricket over the last few years as well.
In the past 12 months, apart from their defeat in a one-off match in the World Test Championship final and a few more, India have won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Australia and have now trying to win the five-match Test series against England on their home soil as well.
Kevin Pietersen has praised the Indian players and their captain, Virat Kohli, for giving such impressive performances in Test cricket in recent times.
In his blog for Betway, Pietersen wrote: “This team is becoming one of the best we’ve seen in the Test match format. If they can get the job done at Old Trafford then they will have beaten Australia and England away in the last 12 years – a historic achievement. They are a much better side than England, that’s for sure.”
“In all departments, India are a quality side” – Kevin Pietersen
He continued: “In all departments, India are a quality side. They’ve got excellent, talented players, but are also hard-working and play with such intensity that they are very difficult to stop when they are at their best.”Led by Virat Kohli, they love playing and performing on the biggest stage. It seems that the more intense the match is, the more likely they are to step up and take it away from the opposition. That is a culture that Kohli is responsible for.”
However, Team India are currently 2-1 up in the five-match Test series against England with the final Test is yet to begin. The fifth and final Test will begin on September 10 at Old Trafford in Manchester.
Kevin Pietersen also shared his views on the poor performances of the English batting line-up under pressure.
“It’s difficult to know what more to say about this England side. The batting, in particular, is about the worst that it’s ever been, and they have failed to win either of their two summer series for the first time in 20 years.”This has not happened overnight. Unfortunately, you cannot expect these guys to deliver when the system is so flawed. It’s been coming, and we’re now seeing the results. It’s going to take a long time to undo the damage,” Kevin Pietersen concluded.