Former India head coach Ravi Shastri has heaped praise on Keegan Pietersen, saying the South African batsman reminds him of Gundappa Viswanath.
Pietersen played a key role in the 2-1 win over India in the Test series. He scored two half-centuries in the third test and was also the player of the series as well as the player of the match.
Shastri tweeted, “Keegan Peterson. One day he will become the great player of the world. Reminds me of my childhood hero Gundappa Vishwanath.
Vishwanath, who was one of the best batsmen of his era, played 91 Tests and 25 ODIs for India. Shastri also said that ‘KP’ (Keegan Pietersen) is a good ‘initial’ with reference to former England captain Kevin Pietersen. Gundappa Viswanath scored 6080 runs in 91 Test matches at an average of 43 while playing for India. At the same time, he has 439 runs in 25 matches in ODIs.
South Africa’s team had a target of 212 runs to win the third and final Test, which they achieved with the loss of three wickets and won the series 2-1. Keegan Pietersen played an important role in this victory of South Africa. He laid a strong foundation with a 82-run stand on the third day with a 78-run partnership with captain Dean Elgar (30) and then added 52 runs with Rossi van der Dussen (41 not out) on the morning of the fourth day. round.
India got off to a great start by winning the first Test at Centurion by 113 runs but lost the second match by seven wickets in Johannesburg. South Africa also shattered India’s dream of ‘conquering the last fort’ by winning the third Test by 7 wickets.