The former England batsman Kevin Pietersen slammed the batsmen from either side for their performance in the third Test in Motera. The day-night Test between India and England finished in two days with India’s victory by 10 wickets. After criticizing the pitch of Chennai where England gets defeated by the hosts by 317 runs, former England players start criticizing the Motera’s pitch and calling it “raging turner” and “dustbowl”.
However, England batsman Kevin Pietersen said that he played in the pitches of England which were really unplayable, but the kind of game the players shown in the third Test was dreadful.
“Yes, the surface at Ahmedabad ensured that the ball was always likely to dominate in the third Test. But I’m just not having this nonsense about the pitch being unplayable. I’m not having it. The batting from both sides was absolutely dreadful,” Kevin Pietersen wrote in his column for Betway.
Kevin Pietersen also talked about the pitches of England which were criticized by Indian fans and experts. The fans and experts criticized them for having too much grass on the pitches that becomes difficult for the Asian players.
“England players and fans can talk about the pitch, but I’ve played on pitches in England that have had so much grass, on that batting is virtually impossible. You have to play the conditions,” Kevin Pietersen, who has scored 13,797 runs from 104 Tests, 136 ODIs, and 37 T20Is, mentioned.
“As a batsman, you guard against the straight deliveries. That should be your No. 1 priority. If it beats you on the outside edge, that’s no problem. If you get a really good ball that you just cannot play – like Shane Warne’s famous deliveries to Mike Gatting and Andrew Strauss, and even Moeen Ali to Virat Kohli in this series – then that is what it is,” Kevin Pietersen stated.
“It’s the same when facing seamers. You might get beaten on the outside, and you might occasionally nick an unplayable one, but you’ve got to be able to defend your stumps when they try and beat you on the inside. That’s fundamental. So it was very disappointing to see 21 wickets fall to straight deliveries from spinners in this match,” Kevin Pietersen added.