Kevin Pietersen is ‘extremely proud’ of what Joe Root is reaching in cricket however he noticed it coming when the England captain made his Check debut in 2012.
Root and England journey to India for a collection consisting of 4 Check matches, 5 T20s and three ODIs, all of which could be listened to LIVE and solely on talkSPORT 2.
England may have a degree to show going into this collection having been hammered 4-Zero final time they went to India in 2016.
However the tour of India earlier than produced considerably higher reminiscences from an England perspective as they received there for the primary time, profitable the four-match collection 2-1 in 2012.
Root made his England debut within the last Check with England simply needing a draw to finish the historic win.
He was 21 years previous on the time so would have each proper to really feel nervous as he walked out to bat in Nagpur.
However ‘KP’ revealed that Root really reduce a relaxed determine, a lot to his former teammate’s astonishment.
Pietersen informed Drivetime: “Magnificent. It was the 2012 tour the place he made his debut and I used to be batting in Nagpur and he walked out to bat.
“I keep in mind on my Check debut in opposition to Australia at Lord’s and I used to be a rabbit in headlights – fortunate I used to be carrying briefs and all kinds contemplating the devastation that Australian’s had had on my physique pre-first ball.
“He walked out in Nagpur on a wicket we had been batting slowly – draw the Check match to win a collection there for the primary time – he simply walks out to me and goes ‘alright, lad?!’
“I used to be considering ‘proper, okay. The place do I begin right here? Do I simply let him bat or do I inform him it’s spinning in all places?’ I really had nothing to say to him other than ‘proper, I believe we must always simply bat right here boss!’
“He had that confidence and he had that nous round his sport but in addition that dedication and can to follow the fitting stuff. It doesn’t shock me how nicely he’s executed and I’m extremely pleased with the best way he’s main the England staff and combating from the entrance.”
England are very a lot second favourites going into the four-match collection with the primary one starting on Friday morning.
Pietersen says the wicket in Chennai is usually very gradual so batting first should be a precedence for England.
He added: “The pitch is gradual, very, very gradual. Chennai Tremendous Kings play on a pitch which have produced for its spinners [in the Indian Premier League].
“You gotta attempt to bat first, the toss is essential. However if you happen to do bat first you should just remember to rating first innings runs, nevertheless you get them, you gotta get them.
“It’ll be attritional cricket in Chennai. Except there’s actually dangerous bowling you’re not going to see guys smashing it in all places.
“Batting first is the precedence however you must make it rely in Chennai.”