Cricket great Kevin Pietersen, former captain of the English national team, expressed his joy over the historic inauguration of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya with a resounding "Jai Shree Ram" on his social media platforms. A day after the Pran Pratishtha ceremony, Pietersen took to Twitter and Instagram to share his delight, posting a screenshot of his tweet and a beautiful picture of the majestic temple bathed in the glow of celebration.
This heartfelt gesture resonates with the widespread joy felt across India as the long-awaited construction of the Ram Mandir culminates in its grand opening. Cricket, a sport that transcends borders and unites millions, serves as a fitting bridge for Pietersen's expression of solidarity with the Indian people during this momentous occasion.
His action joins a chorus of congratulations from renowned cricketing figures such as Sachin Tendulkar, Venkatesh Prasad, and Anil Kumble, who were all present at the auspicious ceremony. Pietersen's social media post adds a unique international flavour to the joyous celebrations, highlighting the deep cultural and spiritual significance of the Ram Mandir for millions around the world.
Ben Stokes and Co. look to emulate Pietersen's 2012 heroics
The battle lines are drawn in Hyderabad as India and England face off in the first Test match tomorrow. For England, under the dynamic leadership of Ben Stokes, the echoes of Kevin Pietersen's 2012 heroics resonate strongly. Back then, Pietersen's swashbuckling batting had been instrumental in England's historic series win on Indian soil – a feat achieved only two previous times.
Can Stokes and his men channel the spirit of 2012 and replicate that success? The challenge is daunting. India, boasting a formidable home record and riding the wave of recent victories, are firm favourites. Yet, England with their exciting brand of cricket is one of the very few teams that have been given a chance to do the unthinkable. Still, the Englishmen will have to play ridiculously well to stand a chance of repeating Cook and his team's heroics.
Coming back to Pietersen's posts, here's a look at how 'X-verse' reacted to them:
He is Big Fan of Modiji pic.twitter.com/N8nzUPtlIy— Pankaj (@Pankaj41627) January 24, 2024
Reach aur famous hone ka chakkar babu bhaiya— Simple man (@ArbazAh87590755) January 24, 2024
Kevin Pietersen is one of the legend Cricketer in the England Team— Muhammad Tauqeer Hussain (@Tauqeer610890) January 24, 2024
All World Love Shree Ram— Vishwajit Patil (@_VishwajitPatil) January 24, 2024
Burnol demand increased in Pakistan again— 🦁ChauhanSahab🦁 (@chauhandwarrior) January 24, 2024
Warner ke sath kevin bhai ko bhi आधार कार्ड milna chaiye— 𝗞𝗢𝗛𝗟𝗜𝗦𝗠 👑🏹🚩 (@WINRAT__Goatli) January 24, 2024
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Going on same path as Warner #Sanatani— AP (@AksP009) January 24, 2024
Awesome— Abu Sufyan (@AbuSufy646) January 24, 2024