Kevin Pietersen wrote “Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay, M S Dhoni and Ajinkya Rahane are gifted players and the pitches here are not the green seamers of old that tipped the balance in England’s favour. We saw recently how Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews felt at home batting on our pitches. Well, if you give Pujara half a chance to get in and bat for two days, either through either poor bowling or a benign surface, then he will take it and punish you.”
Kevin Pietersen continued speaking with utmost regard towards Virat Kohli. “I know Kohli really well and he is a proper superstar. A great guy and I know how hungry he is for this series. I said to him when we had dinner in India during the Indian Premier League that this series is going to be his biggest test and he replied: “I know. I am hungry for it.” I warned him that if the ball swings in England that will be his greatest challenge. From what we have seen so far this summer, the ball is not swinging for long.
“Give him the chance to bat for a day and he will take the game away from you. Pujara hurts you slowly but Kohli can devastate an attack. He is technically sound, he is experienced now and has the confidence of success. He is driven and always wants to learn. He is strong all around the wicket. He can play any shot. He is one of those gifted players who can hit the ball from third man all the way to fine leg with comfort. He is perfect against pace. He scored a beautiful Test hundred in South Africa at Johannesburg against Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander, and another in Australia on a tour where India lost 4-0. He has scored runs against the best bowling attacks and is desperate to add to that by being successful in English conditions.”
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