Bishan Bedi terms Nagpur pitch 'disgraceful'

Kevin Pietersen

"Like I said after the runs in Mumbai, it doesn't mean absolutely nothing until the game is over.

"I think we are in an okay position. I don't know what that pitch will do later but it's slow. I think the key today was to try to bat as long as possible because I don't think that wicket is getting any better," said Pietersen.

The England batting stalwart sounded happy that his team had two seam bowlers to bowl on this pitch, as he thought it was very difficult to score runs off Ishant Sharma, the home team's lone pacer in the playing XI.

"I think we are in a position of strength, if I am allowed to say that, as we have two seamers. I found Ishant incredibility difficult to play today," said Pietersen.

Jadeja, on the other hand, had claimed that the Indian team's strategy of playing four spinners, including himself as a frontline bowler, would pay dividends in the second England innings as they can use the bowlers' footmarks to extract spin more and more.

Asked whether the pitch could be termed a good Test match wicket, with shot-making so difficult, Pietersen said he could understand the Indians' thinking as they were keen to win this game to square the series 2-2.

"Obviously Indians think that's the kind of wicket they have to prepare to take the series back. We have had incredible challenge in last 2-3 years as a team and this is another one. As for viewers, I don't think they will have any interest in what I have to say as they must have switched off 4-5 hours ago!," he said.

Pietersen praised Jadeja, who made his Test debut, and leg spinner Piyush Chawla, brought into the team as replacements for Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh, respectively.

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