India thrashed England by 317 runs in the second Test at Chennai to level the series 1-1 on Tuesday. While the Virat Kohli led side had faced a 227-run defeat in the first Test, they sealed the second Test inside four days to move to the second position in the ICC World Test Championship points tally. Their victory has taken social media by storm with several former and current cricketers and cricket pundits expressing their points of view. Among several others, former England captain Michael Vaughan was not impressed with the pitch that was used at the MA Chidambaram Stadium for the second Test as he felt that it wasn’t prepared to last 5 days. However, it was Kevin Pietersen’s remark which attracted more eyeballs post India’s win.
Pietersen congratulates India for beating England “B”, Jaffer hits back
Pietersen took to social media to congratulate India on winning the second Test but with an interesting twist as he termed the visiting XI as “England B.” “Badhai ho india England B Ko harane ke liye,” he wrote, following it with a wink emoji. Pietersen’s remark comes after Joe Root’s England did not opt to go with several of its fit stars. While James Anderson was rested after just a solitary Test even when Jofra Archer had sustained an injury, Dom Bess failed to make it to the XI. The likes of Jonny Bairstow and Mark Wood were not named in the squad itself.
Former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer, who is known for his witty social media remarks, was quick to comment on Pietersen’s post. Taking a dig at the South Africa born former England player, Jaffer responded: “Don’t troll KP guys. He’s just trying to be funny. And I get it. I mean is it even a full-strength England team if there are no players from SA?” Jaffer’s tongue-in-cheek comment has gone viral with it attracting over 17000 likes in over an hour.
Here is the tweet:
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) February 16, 2021
With the series poised after the Chennai Tests, the teams will now head to Ahmedabad for the last two Tests the first of which will be played with a pink-ball and begin from February 24.