The Indian team under the captaincy of Jasprit Bumrah is currently in the driver’s seat in the ongoing Edgbaston Test against England. The visitors managed to extend their lead to a good score of 257 on Day 3 with Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant currently unbeaten on 50 and 30 respectively. India gained a significant advantage in the game after bundled out the hosts under the captaincy of Ben Stokes, for a below-par score of 284, gaining a first-innings lead of 132.
Ben Stokes failed to score big and was dismissed by Shardul Thakur after he only managed to score 25 runs. Former England captain Kevin Pietersen while commentating on air for Sky Sports, said that Stokes has decreased the value of his wicket which is not a good thing.
While on air, Kevin Pietersen said, “Test match hundreds are valuable commodities, they mean a hell of a lot because of the stress, tension, patience and discipline that goes into them. That devaluing of his wicket is something I think may not be a good thing.”
Ben Stokes had smashed Shardul Thakur’s delivery, but Jasprit Bumrah dived to his left to complete a stunning catch. Stokes scored 25 off 36 balls with the help of 4 fours.
Kevin Pietersen further explained, “I would tell Ben that he doesn’t need to try and prove a point by being ultra-aggressive. The bowler needs to be bowling his best deliveries in order to get Stokes out. At the moment, I see Stokes trying to command authority by running at bowlers.”
He further elaborated, “He doesn’t need to lose his head and slog the ball up into the air when England are in strife. Stokes can stand still and do what Bairstow is doing. I wouldn’t tell him at all not to go after the bowlers but please stand still. He is too good a player to be doing what he is doing.”