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This is the most difficult wicket I have played on, says Pietersen


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Nagpur: England batsman Kevin Pietersen said, on Thursday, that the slow-paced pitch prepared for the fourth and final Test here is the toughest he has played on as far as scoring runs in concerned.

“It’s toughest wicket I have played Test cricket on in terms of scoring runs. I don’t have a clue what the pitch will do later. Its playing pretty similar to what it did at the start of the day,” said Pietersen after the first day’s play.

Pietersen, whose 73 in 198 minutes off 188 balls is the top score in the tourists’ end-of-day first innings score of 199 for five, said his team was in a reasonably good position but the runs doesn’t mean anything until the game is over.

“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 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.

Meanwhile, Indian debutant Ravindra Jadeja, who dismissed Pietersen and Jonathan Trott, feels that India’s ploy of playing four spinners will work to the team’s advantage later in the match. He also said he was nervous when the game started before slowly getting into the groove and was very happy to get his first Test victim by dismissing Trott.

“I was a bit nervous wearing the whites for India.”

He also revealed that it was Sachin Tendulkar who presented him with his Test cap; Tendulkar also presented Jadeja with his ODI cap on debut in 2009. (PTI)


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