Congratulations India for beating England B, Kevin Pietersen gets cheeky

India vs England: 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 series against one of the world's toughest teams in its backyard.

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Feb 16, 2021 18:11 IST
Congratulations India for beating England B, Kevin Pietersen gets cheeky
Kevin Pietersen's Tweet - 'England B' Trends in India. (Image source: Twitter)

India vs England Series: The English commentator Kevin Pietersen, who is a popular man in India to took his Twitter handle and reacted after Root and Co faced humiliation at the hands of the hosts. Pietersen teased Team India for defeating the English side in the second Test, he called it “England B” in his short but nonchalant congratulatory message.“Badhai ho India, England B Ko harane ke liye (Congratulations India, for beating England B”, Pietersen wrote on his Twitter handle shortly after India’s majestic triumph. 

Virat Kohli-led Team India bounce back strongly into the series on the back of a cruising 317-run victory against England in Chennai on Tuesday within four days after losing the opener. With this clinical win, India has levelled the four-match Test series 1-1. The third Test will be a pink-ball D/N fixture and will be played at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad, from February 24.

Former Englishman hit out at the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for the strange move to continue its rotation policy even for such an epic four-match Test series against one of the world’s toughest sides in its backyard. Pietersen also expressed his surprise at the England team management’s decision to send back their all-rounder Moeen Ali after the second Test.

“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. 

“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 amazed.

Meanwhile, Moeen Ali has performed quite well, having scored a fierce cameo (43 off 18), including 5 sixes in the second innings, and took an 8-wicket haul as well.

For India, R Ashwin starred with the ball and the bat and adjudicated the 'Man of the Match' for picking an 8-wicket haul in the match and then score a fine ton. Rohit also notched a gritty 161-run knock in the first innings and Axar Patel picked up a fifer on debut. With this record's win, India not just come back into the series in style but also put themselves in contention for a place in the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand at Lord’s in June.