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Kevin Pietersen is among those rare cricketers, who earned a lot of applauds and are considered among the best batsmen to have played for England. Despite being a heavy collector of runs, Pietersen was most of the time busy with the controversies around him. Be it any series, Pietersen somehow managed to attract at least one controversy towards him. His straightforward attitude and controversial image led to his dropping from England side across the formats. He played his last Test for England in January 2014 against Australia and since then, Pietersen has revealed and criticised many things about the team’s dressing room environment.

Besides all this, Pietersen continues to score heaps of runs in domestic cricket and T20 franchise cricket around the world but has been always kept aside when it comes to selection in the England side. England’s next Test assignment is going to be in India with five Tests. The last time England toured India in 2012, Pietersen played a major role in winning the series by scoring 338 runs from four Tests. He was the second highest run-getter from England in that series and third overall. Recently, after being defeated in the second Test against Bangladesh and that too because of their failure in facing spin bowling, England’s worry over facing Indian spinners in the upcoming series can be understood.

Apart from skipper Alastair Cook, no other player from the current England side looks strong when it comes to facing spin bowling, especially when they have to face bowlers like Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Amit Mishra. Pietersen is the among the ones who have the ability to play spin quite well and can rotate the score board at good pace. Since his exclusion from the team in 2014, his return to England side has been the hot topic of discussion. Ahead of this crucial series, similar questions over Pietersen’s return came into act recently which got an excellent reply from former England batsman David Gower.

As reported by Times of India, Gower replied sarcastically over whether England will miss Pietersen’s services and said, “You might as well ask if they will miss Mike Gatting and Graeme Fowler, men who made double hundreds on my successful tour of 1984-85! The men most likely to make runs for England remain Cook and Root, but Duckett made a bold start to his Test career in Bangladesh. England will currently be bolstering the confidence of a batting line up that is long and talented, no doubt refferring back to that old yet valuable mantra that it is up to each and every one of them to assume responsibility and not leave the runs scoring to just the most experienced or most gifted.”

Gower also shared his thoughts on Indian spinners and added, “Ashwin is currently the best spinner in the world and England’s batsmen would have known that before the tours of Bangladesh and India began. Had things gone better in Bangladesh, it would have been a confidence-booster for the England batsmen, but now the only thing they can do is treat the first couple of Tests as a wake-up call and see if they can learn the right lessons in something of a hurry, On current form and with India playing at home, the odds favour them.”

Gower further answered on which Indian batsman is going to be the biggest threat for England bowlers and said, “Virat kohli is the best and the way he makes his runs when it is his day puts pressure on any opposition. There are injury problems as India approach this first Test so it will be interesting to see what the final eleven will be.”