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‘Congratulations for beating England B’: Pietersen pokes fun at India, Wasim Jaffer gives it back

Kevin Pietersen lashed out at the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for the strange move to continue its rotation policy even for such a massive away series in India.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: February 17, 2021 9:55:50 am
IPL 2017, IPL 2017 news, IPL 2017 updates, Kevin Pietersen, Kevin Pietersen England, England Kevin Pietersen, Kevin Pietersen commentator, Kevin Pietersen batting, sports news, sports, cricket news, Cricket, Indian ExpressKevin Pietersen had said before the series that the 'real team' to beat for India will be England. (File Photo)

Kevin Pietersen, the former England captain, teased Team India for comprehensively beating what he called “England B” in the second Test of the four-match series in a cheeky congratulatory message on Tuesday.

India roared back into the series with a crushing 317-run victory to restore parity after the reverse in the opener. England had won the first Test by 227 runs in Chennai.

“Badhai ho india, England B Ko harane ke liye (Congratulations India, for beating England B”, Pietersen wrote on his twitter handle short after the home team’s win.

Replying to Pietersen’s tweet, former Uttarakhand coach Wasim Jaffer wrote, “Don’t troll KP guys. He’s just trying to be funny. And I get it. I mean is it even a full strength England team if there are no players from SA?”

“Exactly, Trott is there and Kallis was there,” replied Pietersen in jest.

After that, the former star batsman again lashed out at the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for the strange move to continue its rotation policy even for such a massive away series.

“You don’t pick your best team in the hardest place to WIN a Test match, you actually cannot even show emotion to it,” Pietersen wrote.

He also expressed his surprise at the England team management’s decision to send back experienced spin bowling all-rounder Moeen Ali after the second match, in which he picked up eight wickets (four in each innings).

“We played in 2005 on terrestrial TV and BEAT Aus (Australia). It changed the game of cricket in this country. Cricket goes back to terrestrial TV for this HUGE series and England don’t pick their best team for it.

“Moeen Ali now going home after ONE Test. Wow,” Pietersen wondered.

Having lost the first Test by 227 runs, India inflicted on the visitors, an embarrassing defeat in the second match to not just come back into the series in style but also put themselves in contention for a place in the inaugural World Test Champion final against New Zealand at Lord’s in June.

As part of the rotation policy introduced by ECB to keep all their players in peak physical condition in the year of the T20 World Cup, England rested veteran pacer James Anderson for the second Test, despite losing Jofra Archer to elbow injury just before the game.

India were done in by Anderson’s reverse swing on the fifth day of the first Test.

Among other big players, England also sent back Jos Buttler after the win in the series opener while resting off-spinner Dom Bess for the second game.

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