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Virat Kohli is good enough to lead India to victory in 2nd Test: Kevin Pietersen

February 12, 2021

Written By,

Payel Gosh

Kevin Pietersen believes that Indian captain Virat Kohli is good enough to lead India to victory in the next game against England. Pietersen stated that the debate around Virat Kohli's Test captaincy is unnecessary.

Virat Kohli returned to lead the side after his paternity break but could not carry on the winning momentum as India lost the first match of the four-match series against England. Under Kohli's leadership, India lost two Tests in New Zealand in 2019 and then suffered a humiliating defeat in the series opener against Australia last December. In the absence of Kohli, Rahane led an injury-ravaged team to a historic 2-1 win in Australia. The surprising win in Australia gave rise to the debate if Rahane should replace Kohli as India's Test captain. However, Pietersen supports Kohli and stated that the Indian skipper is perfectly capable of leading his side to victory.

This series might be the last chance for Broad to create a legacy in India: Kevin Pietersen

The 40-year-old believes the pressure will also be on veteran English pacer Stuart Broad to perform in the second Test. Rested for the first Test as part of England's rotation policy, Broad is prepared to play in the second game. Pietersen believes this series might be the last chance for Broad to create a legacy in India.

Despite losing the first game, India is expected to make changes in the squad. Axar Patel will come in replacing Shahbaz Nadeem. R Ashwin will continue to lead the spin attack and will be assisted by Washington Sundar and Axar Patel.

England will make at least three changes in their playing XI. James Anderson and Dom Bess will be rested. Jos Buttler has been given a break before the upcoming T20 series. 

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Written By,

Payel Gosh