One of my best effort under difficult conditions: Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen has ranked his double hundred against India among the best innings he has played for England.

Pietersen reached 202 from just 326 deliveries, of which only 25 were used to compile his final fifty.

Pietersen believes this double hundred was one of his best performance.

“It’s definitely something to be proud of,” Pietersen said. “There are some fairly complementary things being said to me in the dressing room.

“Given the conditions I batted in yesterday and, having to face (India captain Mahendra Singh) Dhoni for half an hour, I think it’s right up there with hundreds I have scored.

“I’ve never had to work harder; they bowled really well with the swinging ball and the pitch was seaming as well. I was missing some balls by a couple of inches on occasions and it was real hard graft.”

“It’s very difficult to say (how the game will go),” he added. “The history of Lord’s suggests it is quite difficult to win Tests here.”

However, Pietersen did offer a suggestion that this encounter could be different given the assistance the wicket is giving the bowlers.

“The wicket is still doing a lot for the seamers. “It is swinging and if we can get the ball swinging then the conditions will be alien to the Indian batsmen,” he explained.

“It would have been interesting to see where India would have been had they been batting first. But, having put on a first-innings score of 474, we are in a pretty good position.”

For India, Praveen Kumar took his first Test five-wicket haul.

Praveen’s performance ensures him a place on the Lord’s honours board.

“It was a dream to play here,” he said. “The weather was nice and it felt really nice to get the five wickets.”

Praveen does not believe that Zaheer’s absence put him under unnecessary pressure.

“It was not a question of pressure (to fill in for Zaheer), it was just a question of motivating myself,” he added.

“I liked it because I have been bowling 30 to 35 overs in domestic cricket as well. We all bowled well and stuck to our plans.”

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