Pietersen brands Nagpur pitch 'toughest' platform ever faced in England career
Kevin Pietersen has branded the Nagpur pitch as the toughest he has batted on in his Test career as England crawled throughout the first day to 199 for five, which is also their lowest first-day total for 12 years.
There were enough dot balls to fill 80 overs as India bowled precisely and the batsmen struggled to time the ball at any stage during the day.
"It is the toughest wicket I have played Test cricket on in terms of trying to play strokes," the Telegraph quoted Pietersen, as saying.
"We have done OK but what the wicket is going to do from now on, I haven't got a clue because it looks pretty similar to when we started the day. The key today was to try and bat for as long as possible because I don't think that wicket is getting any better," he added.
In this era of Twenty20 and Indian Premier League, this pitch harked back to a time when teams made 100 runs in a day in the subcontinent playing on matted wickets.
Pietersen took a dig at the pitch, saying it was a turn-off for television viewers, whose subscriptions keep afloat the broadcasters who pay the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India millions of dollars a year in rights fees.
"The Indians think that is the kind of wicket they can produce to pull the series back," Pietersen said.
"The viewers have got no interest in what I've got to say because they switched off four or five hours ago. It is an incredible challenge to see what we can get out of this over the next four days," he added.