“Hard work paid off”

Published: 26th November 2012 11:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th November 2012 11:09 AM   |  A+A-

On a day when spinners ruled the roost, Kevin Pietersen showed why is regarded as one of the best batsman among contemporary cricketers. Pieteresen, who was under cloud of controversy during the English summer, took the match away from India with a magnificent 186.  Admitting that this knock could be ranked fairly high in his career so far, the English  batsman said it would mean a lot if  England wrapped up the Test  on Monday. “It was a pretty difficult wicket to bat but to have got runs n this track was fun,” he said.

The difference between Ahmedabad and Mumbai Test, Pietersen said he did not trust his  defence in the first Test. “I did a lot of hard work as I always do and luckily that paid off,” he said.

Pietersen said it was  a special moment while paying compliment to his skipper Alastair Cook, with whom he shared a big stand of 206 runs and the fact that both of them scored  their 22nd Test centuries. “Getting hundreds for England especially with Cooky was a special moment. Chef (Cook) was magnificent. It’s a great feeling to be there at the top with Chef.”

Pietersen, like Gambhir, said their spinners bowled at different paces and that troubled the Indian batsmen. “Our spinners have bowled at different paces, a bit quicker. Graeme Swann is probably No 1 or 2 as far as off-spinners are concerned along with Saeed Ajmal of Pakistan. His numbers have proved that and Monty always does a good job for us. You know in the nets, he bowls at a magnificent pace. It’s quite hard when it goes,” he added.

“It’s a very united dressing room at the moment. It’ll be even more united if we can pull off a victory tomorrow.” he said.

Finally, when the topic came about the sweep shot, Pietersen said: “Some of the greatest batsmen who have come to India and have been successful  were good sweepers.”

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