Kevin Pietersen’s Best Test Innings: Mumbai ’12

Last Updated:
November 15th, 2013

With Kevin Pietersen’s 100th Test due to be played at Brisbane we’re sitting back and taking stock of his 10 best Test innings. The man himself even helped us select the best of the best in an exclusive interview with AOC. To view the shortlist in full and pick your favourite innings click here. There’s an adidas Pellara Elite EW cricket bat (RRP £360) and a mini bat signed by KP up for grabs for two lucky entrants. Remember this beauty?

Kevin Pietersen attacks against India 'A' in 2012

9. 186 v India, 2nd Test, Mumbai, 2012

The story

England were subjugated and humiliated in Ahmedabad; their batting rudderless and hopeless. In Mumbai they were dominant – Pietersen leading the charge. In the first Test he was clean-bowled on two occasions by left-armer Pragyan Ojha and the knives were, as ever, being sharpened. Making a mockery of the knife-sharpeners, as is his wont, KP unleashed himself and unfurled all the shots. Ignoring the dustbowl of a surface he regularly peppered the boundaries. Here was a man on a mission, and it brought England back into the series.

The shot

He moved to a century with a reverse sweep – which was good enough – but followed it up with an inside-out six over extra cover off the bowling of Ojha (2.20 into the video). It was, to use elevated cricketing parlance, a bloody ludicrous shot.

The quote

“The way we bowled on the first day was fantastic and then the way Kevin took the game away from India – to get an 80-run lead was vital. It was a fantastic innings and great to watch from the other end.” Alastair Cook

The scorecard

India 327 (Pujara 135; Panesar 5-129) & 142 (Gambhir 65; Panesar 6-81) lost to England 413 (Pietersen 186, Cook 122) & 58-0 by 10 wickets

Click here to vote for your favourite KP Test innings and enter the draw to win an adidas Pellara cricket bat and a mini bat signed by the man himself