‘India have incredible talent’

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By (PTI)
  • Published 5.05.14

New Delhi: Kevin Pietersen says the performance of Indian batsmen, especially Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, will be critical to the side’s chances during their tour of England, this summer.

Pietersen played a key role during the last series in 2011 when he set the tone for England’s 4-0 whitewash with a double century in the first Test at Lord’s.

Terming India’s batting line-up as one of the best in world, Pietersen said “It's going to be a fantastic series. England are rebuilding, while India have got incredible talent.

“They have got Pujara, Virat and Murali Vijay and all of them have the technique to score runs in England. It will be important that they score runs otherwise it will be problem.”

India’s tour fours years ago ended in humiliation and they will look to do better this time around.

“The last time the problem was that only Rahul (Dravid) got the runs. But India’s batting is very good and very talented.”

As far as the England team was concerned, the 33-year-old Pietersen said the hosts will mostly miss the services of retired off-spinner Graeme Swann.

“England are definitely going to miss (Graeme) Swann. He had the ability to take many wickets in the first innings and could smash through a batting order in the second,” Pietersen said.

In a surprise decision, Swann announced his retirement in the middle of the Ashes series in Australia last winter.

Asked about the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, Pietersen said all teams have a good chance.

“All the teams have a good chance. The batting wickets are just fantastic in Australia. They will need to make the most of the conditions,” Pietersen said.

The DareDevils have suffered four defeats in six outings, but Pietersen is optimistic about a turnaround ahead of Monday’s match against the formidable two-time winners Chennai Super Kings.

“The momentum needs to start with Chennai. Our batting is absolutely fine, we just need to tie up some bits and pieces, and we are not far off in bowling,” the 33-year-old Pietersen said.