Former England skipper turned commentator Kevin Pietersen was beaming with delight on Friday. Ben Stokes and his side picked six wickets to end the first day of the second Test vs India in Vizag.
Taking to Twitter, Kevin Pietersen wrote “I think England’s day. Late wickets and only one batter show the hunger for runs from India. What do you guys think? Head and not hear responses, please?
Yashasvi Jaiswal is currently batting on 179 as India ended the day at 336/6 from their 92 overs. Keeping him company is Indian spin bowling legend Ravichandran Ashwin who is batting on five.
Kevin Pietersen pleads for more time for Shubman Gill
Indian batting star Shubman Gill was out cheaply yet again on Friday. Taking to Twitter Kevin Pietersen wrote “Kallis averaged 22 in his first 10 Tests and turned out to be arguably the greatest player to play the game. Give Shubman Gill time to find it please he is a great player.
After scoring 23 runs during the previous Test in Hyderabad the pressure was on Gill. James Anderson playing his first game of the series put the youngster out of misery as he dismissed him for 34.
It hasn’t worked out for Gill at the number three spot in the Test format. Despite his tall run-scoring form in the ODI format, the 24-year-old batter has failed to kick on in the red ball format.
Former India player Irfan Pathan praised Yashasvi Jaiswal and wrote “Ghar na hone ki wajah se maidan main sone wala ladka aaj bade khiladiyo ko maidan main jaga bhi raha hai aur bhaga bhi raha hai. Well played Yashasvi Jaiswal”
Sachin Tendulkar and Suryakumar Yadav also praised the youngster after his epic knock. Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid will hope Jaiswal can push to score a double-century. If India crosses 400 runs the pressure will be back on England who are leading the series.
Ian Bishop also tweeted about Jaiswal as he wrote “Ironic that the Under-19 ODI World Cup is taking place right now in South Africa where he announced himself to a wider audience three years ago. Well played Yashasvi Jaiswal a second Test century”
Here’s how the fans reacted –
I think England’s day.— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) February 2, 2024
Late wickets and only one batter showing the hunger for runs from India.
What do you guys think?
Head and not heart responses please? #INDvENG
Yeah, but you saw how important the Toss was in the last Match. This will be no different. Pressure still very much on England.— Indian Tintin (@IndianTintin_) February 2, 2024
Yes they didn't let other batsmen to score more than 50 runs, definitely England's day— Karthik (@vsk_says) February 2, 2024
Without Yashasvi Jaiswal innings, India would have wrapped up before Tea. He made it count.— Nirmal Roy (@nroy11) February 2, 2024
Tomorrow first hour is crucial. If India is through to that without loosing any wicket, they can get a big total.— The Temple Treasure (@temple_treasure) February 2, 2024
I think it's shared day. Tomorrow first session will be crucial. India will have to score atleast 100 runs more.— Kirkett (@bhaskar_sanu08) February 2, 2024
Definitely except jaiswal, no other Indian batsman score big in this pitch . He is losing his partners on other end
Surely. Jaiswal saved India the day. Young Jimmy’s spell in the morning will decide the outcome of the game. Get India out around 400 and the game is on— Basit Subhani (@BasitSubhani) February 2, 2024
England’s day. Restricted India, who elected to bat, to less than 350 with just 4 wickets remaining - one brilliant performance aside, India would be in huge trouble. Still, all to play for in the remaining days. Top cricket,— Adam Salkie (@AdamSalkie) February 2, 2024