Former batter Kevin Pietersen reckoned that facing India won’t be as easy for England as locking horns with New Zealand. The Three Lions, recently, defeated The Black Caps 3-0 following their victory in the third Test at Headingley in Leeds.
The England batters, especially Jonny Bairstow, played at a strike rate in excess of 100 and didn’t allow the New Zealand bowlers to settle into any sort of rhythm. Pietersen, however, felt that the Indian bowlers wouldn’t mind the England batters playing their shots against them.
Pietersen also said that apart from their skipper Kane Williamson and fast bowler, Trent Boult, the Kiwis haven’t had star performers.
“It always surprised me that New Zealand were World Test Champions. I mean no disrespect by that, because they must be doing something to get the very best out of each other. But other than Kane Williamson and Trent Boult, who needs the ball to be swinging, they lack star quality,” Pietersen was quoted as saying on Betway.
“So I certainly expect England to face a tougher test against India, who are packed full of the best players on the planet.
“India’s bowlers might not mind so much that England are going to come out swinging at them. Ravi Jadeja is an excellent spinner when people start getting after him and you can be sure that Jasprit Bumrah will see it as an opportunity, too,” he stated.
Pietersen also felt that England may have to work harder to taste success against the likes of Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli.
“England bowled well against New Zealand, but a batting order featuring Rohit Sharma (who will hopefully be available), Che Pujara, Virat Kohli and so on is a different kettle of fish,” Pietersen added.
India and England will lock horns in the rescheduled fifth Test, starting Friday, July 1 at Edgbaston in Birmingham.